deniability


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de·ni·a·ble

 (dĭ-nī′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Possible to contradict or declare untrue: deniable accusations.
2. Being such that plausible disavowal or disclaimer is possible: "Covert action was deniable; a Pentagon program would not be" (Bob Woodward).

de·ni′a·bil′i·ty n.
de·ni′a·bly adv.

deniability

(dɪˌnaɪəˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n
the condition of being deniable
Translations

deniability

n (esp US Pol) → Möglichkeit fzu leugnen or alles abzustreiten; a way of preserving deniabilityeine Möglichkeit, ein Hintertürchen offenzulassen
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One might suspect the Russian mob acts with the Kremlin's backing, but in this new cold war, the secret is to strike with plausible deniability.
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Such attacks have the capability to harm large numbers of people and institutions with comparatively minimal investment and a troubling degree of deniability.
Indirect method of hurting rival nations helps Iranian leaders dodge responsibility and provides them with the powerful tool of deniability on the international stage.
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Inaction, obstructionism and deniability cannot be allowed to trump truth, compassion and action.