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.
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".
This change in the percentage of recovered days is undoubtedly related to our success in denials prevention.