retractation


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re·tract

 (rĭ-trăkt′)
v. re·tract·ed, re·tract·ing, re·tracts
v.tr.
1. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.
2. To draw back or in: a plane retracting its landing gear.
3. Linguistics
a. To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
b. To draw back (the tongue).
v.intr.
1. To take something back or disavow it.
2. To draw back: a leash that retracts into a plastic case. See Synonyms at recede1.

[Latin retractāre, to revoke, frequentative of retrahere, to draw back : re-, re- + trahere, to draw. V., tr., senses 2 and 3, and v., intr., sense 2, Middle English retracten, from Old French retracter, from Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere.]

re·tract′a·bil′i·ty, re·tract′i·bil′i·ty n.
re·tract′a·ble, re·tract′i·ble adj.
re′trac·ta′tion (rē′trăk-tā′shən) n.
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retractation

noun
A formal statement of disavowal:
References in classic literature ?
I am determined not to be content with anything short of an entire retractation.
Vincy--to be rash in jovial assent, and on becoming subsequently conscious that he had been rash, to employ others in making the offensive retractation.
said Bella; she might as well mention one other thing; Lizzie was very desirous to thank her unknown friend who had sent her the written retractation.