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Noun1.backdown - a retraction of a previously held position
abjuration, recantation, retraction - a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
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Backdown Range Offers start with the point and then offer a more accommodating value, like asking for "12 to 15%" instead of "15%"; in this case, Ames and Mason's research converged with the prior conventional wisdom: those using Backdown Range Offers ended up with less value than those using point offers, but didn't see more relational benefits than Bracketing Range Offers
As the host of the Group of 20 last year, he attempted to keep climate change off the agenda, resulting in an embarrassing backdown at the Leaders Summit in Brisbane after US President Barack Obama used a high-profile speech to warn Australia that its own Great Barrier Reef was in danger.
The price of fuel affects every industry and commodity and while at various times the government has wisely tried to increase the price, the resulting parliamentary hue and cry has led to a backdown.
Morrison's backdown on releasing asylum seekers from Christmas Island only deepens the cruel, arbitrary nature of his immigration policy lottery," he said.
The backdown followed a decision on October 2 by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry to seat people wearing face coverings in areas normally reserved for noisy school children while visiting parliament.
However, whereas Liberal supporters may sneer at a "puerile" party political broadcast against the Liberals, although the term "sardonic" may be more appropriate, the rest of the population should offer profound sympathies to any political party which can indulge and tolerate the likes of Mr Paddy Backdown and Nick Clegg as leaders.
9 percent per year in the 2010 annual NIPA revision but was subsequently marked backdown by nearly 1.
Mr McKim said that Mr Pyne's backdown is no thanks at all to the Tasmanian Liberals.
For now neither the Republicans nor the Democrats appear willing to backdown without securing concessions over broader fiscal issues.
A massacre in Syria could now press him toward abandoning his closest Middle Eastern ally, but any backdown would have to be carefully engineered to protect Russian interests and save face.
ITV was last night bullish about the backdown, saying they had opted for the "sensible option".
Ma'ariv, an Israeli daily, earlier quoted a "high-ranking Palestinian source" as saying that "If Israel consents to free heavyweight prisoners, there is a good chance that Abbas will backdown from the demand for a freeze.