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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.
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able to be denied; questionable
deˈniably adv
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(dɪˈnaɪ ə bəl)

capable of being or liable to be denied or contradicted.
de•ni`a•bil′i•ty, n.
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Adj.1.deniable - capable of being denied or contradicted
undeniable - not possible to deny
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[dɪˈnaɪəbl] adjnegabile
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Minchin said that he disliked Lydgate's knowledge, or his disposition to improve treatment: what they disliked was his arrogance, which nobody felt to be altogether deniable. They implied that he was insolent, pretentious, and given to that reckless innovation for the sake of noise and show which was the essence of the charlatan.
How in heaven's name they got hold of my expense account for last year I'll never know, but it's all strictly deniable and if they think I'm closing my tab at The Ledbury, they can dream on.
It's no longer deniable - the US has a problem of homegrown white nationalist violent extremism that should rightfully be declared a national emergency.
This inner dynamic helps explain this past month's events in the Gulf - Iran's steady escalation of deniable strikes and President Trump's relatively restrained military response.
Therefore, deniable authentication was developed to protect the privacy of users.
As a decent, talented man for whom these things were a deniable irrelevance?
But US authorities are open about erring on the side of caution when it comes to the ambiguous and plausibly deniable relationship that many Chinese scholars -- particularly influential ones -- maintain with the party-state.
Moderately political organisations, on the other hand, have political behaviour that is low-key or deniable.
Cyber attacks, the use of deniable non-uniformed military forces, building artificial islands or using state-backed corporations to wield power are all much harder for potential foes to manage, particularly an increasingly distracted United States.
He also committed India to retaliation closing the door to any deniable response.
Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets for use in assassinations.
Deniable encryption is no mere hypothetical: versions of it have