Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A contradiction; a traverse.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A traverse in the pleading of one party of an allegation of fact set up by the other; a defense. See Flack v. O'Brien, 19 Misc. Rep. 399, 48 N. Y. Supp. 854; Mott v. Baxter, 29 Colo. 418, 68 Pac. 220. General and specific. In code pleading, a general denial is one which puts in issue all the material averments of the complaint or petition. and permits the defendant to prove any and all facis tending to negative those averments or any of them. Mauldin v. Bali, 5 Mont. 96, 1 Pac. 409; Goode v. Eiwood Lodge, 160 Ind. 251, 66 N. El 742. A specific denial is a separate denial applicable to one particular allegation of the complaint. Gas Co., v. San Francisco, 9 Cal. 470; Sands v. Maclay, 2 Mont 38; Seward v. Miller, 6 How. Prae. (N. Y.) 312.