General denial is when a defendant in a lawsuit or claim that states in an answer to a lawsuit or claim by a defendant in a lawsuit, that he or she denies everything responding to each allegation individually.
In pleading, a general denial is a denial that relates to all allegations which are not otherwise pleaded to. Many legal systems provide that in a statement of defense, any allegation made by the plaintiff which is not traversed (ie. specifically denied or "not-admitted") is deemed to have been admitted by the defendants. Accordingly, it became common practice to add a general denial at the end of a statement of defense to make sure that nothing was accidentally admitted in this fashion.