general denial
general denial see denial

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

general denial
index demurrer

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

general denial
An answer to a lawsuit or claim, in which the defendant denies everything alleged in the complaint without specifically denying any allegation. (See also: denial)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

general denial
   a statement in an answer to a lawsuit or claim by a defendant in a lawsuit, in which the defendant denies everything alleged in the complaint without specifically denying any allegation. It reads: "Defendant denies each and every allegation contained in the complaint on file herein," or similar inclusive language.
   See also: answer, complaint

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • general denial — A pleading in modern practice which bears a close analogy to the general issue in common law pleading; a pleading, in response to what purports to be an affirmative allegation of a cause of action, which operates as a denial of every material… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • general — gen·er·al / jen rəl, je nə / adj 1: involving, applicable to, or affecting the whole 2: involving, relating to, or applicable to every member of a class, kind, or group 3: not confined by specialization or limitation 4: relating to, determined by …   Law dictionary

  • denial — A traverse in the pleading of one party of an allegation of fact asserted by the other; a defense. A response by the defendant to matters) alleged by the plaintiff in the complaint. Under Rules of Civil Procedure, denials must be specific and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • general issue — A common law pleading, abolished as such in most states using a reformed system of pleading, consisting of a denial in short form of all that is material in the complaint or declaration. Somewhat analogous to the general denial of modern code and …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • denial — /di nuy euhl/, n. 1. an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent s charges. 2. refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or… …   Universalium

  • denial — A contradiction; a traverse; a withholding; a refusal to grant; a refusal. In pleading, a controverting of affirmative allegations in the pleading of an adversary. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a denial of statements made in a… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • general — From Latin word genus. It relates to the whole kind, class, or order. Leuthold v. Brandjord, 100 Mont. 96, 47 P.2d 41, 45. Pertaining to or designating the genus or class, as distinguished from that which characterizes the species or individual;… …   Black's law dictionary

  • general plea — Type of pleading such as a general denial which controverts all of the averments of the preceding pleading (e.g. of the complaint). See Fed.R. Civil P. 8(b) …   Black's law dictionary

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