in denial


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in denial

in a state of refusing to believe something that is true. Mary was in denial about her illness and refused treatment. Tom doesn't think he's an alcoholic because he's still in denial.
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The analysis revealed that the additional information about each applicant substantially reduced the disparity in denial rates but did not eliminate the gap.
LATEST TUMBLEWEED DARK TRAFFIC REPORT SHOWS 300% RISE IN DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACKS; OVER 40% OF ENTERPRISES SURVEYED USE EMAIL ADDRESS AS SINGLE-SIGN-ON CREDENTIALS
when asked if he might be a little racist, being in denial can only mean a cruise down a river whose banks are lined with "f*** lazy thick n***s".
Our new round of funding will provide Captus the opportunity to advance our sales and marketing efforts to continue our leadership position in Denial of Service Prevention.
This change in the percentage of recovered days is undoubtedly related to our success in denials prevention.