Deny and Permit


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Deny verb – To be unwilling to grant.
Usage example: the director denied access to the top secret files to all but those with a need to know

Permit is an antonym for deny in topics: refuse, disagree.
Nearby Words: denial, denied, denying, deniable
Antonyms for Deny


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Permit verb – To give permission for or to approve of.
Usage example: the school won't permit such an activity on its grounds

Deny is an antonym for permit in allow participation topic.
Nearby Words: permitted, permission, permissive, permissible, permitting
Antonyms for Permit
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Common collocations

power deny power permit power
people deny people permit people
right deny right permit right
chance deny chance permit chance
Other nouns: use, existence.
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Permit or Deny. 2016. Accessed January 17, 2021.

Antonyms for deny
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