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a non-denial denial

A statement that seems and/or is intended to act as a direct denial to an allegation, but which, when taken literally or examined closely, does not deny the allegation at all. The phrase is most commonly associated with evasive answers of politicians facing scrutiny or accusations of misconduct. When pressed by journalists over certain large, undisclosed expenditures he had recently made, the senator gave a classic non-denial denial of any wrongdoing, stating ambiguously that any such spending was simply associated with the running of his campaign.
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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 denials using these phrases come from both conservatives and white liberals who think people of colour are stuck in cycles of unstable families and criminal cultures, and that the deprivations of poverty and discrimination spin out bad people.
The good news (if you can call it that) is that about two-thirds of denials are recoverable, and almost all (90%) are preventable.
Chuck stated “From my career working in hospitals and revenue cycle consulting for hospitals it became evident that the 7 key components identified in the article are critical to the success of any denial management project.
Working to reduce denials by high-volume admitting physicians.
This agreement brings hope to those truly disabled insureds who may have been displaced or had their medical care cut off as a result of their claim denial.
The fourth element is the denial of historicity in general and the particularity of specific histories.
The measure is necessarily crude, but if there were important relationships over the period between changes in the denial rate for a carrier type and changes in the probability that denials would be appealed and reversed, this variable should capture them.
In the past, the Tax Court had limited ability to review an IRS denial of innocent spouse relief.
It is significant that a large number of overturns of M+CO denials involve long term care, particularly if rendered in SNFs and by home health agencies.
Denial about the AIDS crisis is a breathing moral failure.
After the IRSRRA '98, however, the Tax Court is empowered to review IRS denials of (or failures to rule on) innocent spouse relief in both deficiency and refund cases, generally effective for any liability for tax arising after (or unpaid on) July 22, 1998, if the petition is timely filed in accordance with Sec.
These dueling denials predate the abortion war, but have been greatly reinforced by it.
Therefore, Jones is important to law enforcement employees because it clarifies that interlocutory appeals of qualified immunity denials are not appropriate if denial is based on a fact-related dispute concerning the sufficiency of the evidence.
These forms of prescreening are not as prevalent for home improvement applications, and the result is a higher rate of loan denials.
DHCR sent computer-generated MBR denials to those buildings which are listed on City Housing Department records as having uncorrected violations.