[n] renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
[n] a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
[n] the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
[n] the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
[n] (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts