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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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Our Right Nurse campaign has been successful in exposing the tactic of the area health services to replace experienced nurses with AiNs and led to significant backdowns from area health services on the dilution in the skills mix.
He is the first big name star to show a definite interest in the new trilogy following a series of high-profile backdowns.
Nevertheless, the backdowns to business pressure documented by Kelsey seem more than were warranted by either political or economic necessity.