recant

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recant

withdraw or disavow; revoke, rescind, deny: He recanted his confession.
Not to be confused with:
cant – insincere; the private language of the underworld; phraseology peculiar to a particular class or profession: the cant of the fashion industry; whining or singsong speech, esp. of beggars; hypocrisy, sham, pretense, humbug
can't – contraction of cannot

re·cant

 (rĭ-kănt′)
v. re·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants
v.tr.
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
v.intr.
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief.

[Latin recantāre : re-, re- + cantāre, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

re′can·ta′tion (rē′kăn-tā′shən) n.
re·cant′er n.

recant

(rɪˈkænt)
vb
to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
[C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant]
recantation n
reˈcanter n

re•cant

(rɪˈkænt)

v.t.
1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
v.i.
2. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc.
[1525–35; < Latin recantāre to sing again]
re•can•ta•tion (ˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən) n.

recant

- Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught.
See also related terms for taught.

recant


Past participle: recanted
Gerund: recanting

Imperative
recant
recant
Present
I recant
you recant
he/she/it recants
we recant
you recant
they recant
Preterite
I recanted
you recanted
he/she/it recanted
we recanted
you recanted
they recanted
Present Continuous
I am recanting
you are recanting
he/she/it is recanting
we are recanting
you are recanting
they are recanting
Present Perfect
I have recanted
you have recanted
he/she/it has recanted
we have recanted
you have recanted
they have recanted
Past Continuous
I was recanting
you were recanting
he/she/it was recanting
we were recanting
you were recanting
they were recanting
Past Perfect
I had recanted
you had recanted
he/she/it had recanted
we had recanted
you had recanted
they had recanted
Future
I will recant
you will recant
he/she/it will recant
we will recant
you will recant
they will recant
Future Perfect
I will have recanted
you will have recanted
he/she/it will have recanted
we will have recanted
you will have recanted
they will have recanted
Future Continuous
I will be recanting
you will be recanting
he/she/it will be recanting
we will be recanting
you will be recanting
they will be recanting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been recanting
you have been recanting
he/she/it has been recanting
we have been recanting
you have been recanting
they have been recanting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been recanting
you will have been recanting
he/she/it will have been recanting
we will have been recanting
you will have been recanting
they will have been recanting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been recanting
you had been recanting
he/she/it had been recanting
we had been recanting
you had been recanting
they had been recanting
Conditional
I would recant
you would recant
he/she/it would recant
we would recant
you would recant
they would recant
Past Conditional
I would have recanted
you would have recanted
he/she/it would have recanted
we would have recanted
you would have recanted
they would have recanted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recant - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressurerecant - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"
repudiate, disown, renounce - cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"

recant

recant

verb
To disavow (something previously written or said) irrevocably and usually formally:
Translations

recant

[rɪˈkænt]
A. VTretractar, desdecir

recant

[rɪˈkænt] vi (gen)se rétracter (RELIGION)abjurer

recant

vt religious beliefwiderrufen; statement alsozurücknehmen
viwiderrufen

recant

[rɪˈkænt] (frm)
1. vt (religious belief) → abiurare; (statement) → ritrattare
2. vifare abiura
References in classic literature ?
I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations, and had never recanted them.
'It has also come to my attention that some of the accused-turned witnesses have recanted or are about to recant.
Justin said they might also file perjury charges against Baldo's security aide Christopher Naval and his co-accused who recanted their testimonies.
A British woman, 19, who claimed she had been raped by a group of Israeli men and later recanted is now alleging she had been pressured by police to withdraw her complaint and was denied a lawyer during questioning, according to The Sun.
Peter Joemel Advincula, the government's star witness against Vice President Leni Robredo and some Catholic bishops using his recanted statement on controversial 'Ang Totoong Narcolist' video series, surrendered to the police anew.
Last week, Advincula surfaced, with the help of relatives connected with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the National Police, and recanted his statements against the Duterte family.
Prosecutors in Kankakee County say they are reconsidering whether to retry a man convicted of a 1999 murder after a child witness recanted his testimony.
RECANTED STATEMENTSState prosecutors told the court several times that the witnesses, who were relatives of the suspect, and would not testify as they had recanted their statements.The court also heard that the witnesses refused to receive summons.
The ICC dropped the cases after a number of key suspects recanted their statements.
Perjury only becomes an issue when the original statement or recanted statement was sworn.
This reminds me of retired Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema's announcement the very next day that Mehsood had killed Benazir (later in the court he recanted).
(1) In 1520, the Pope warned Luther in a papal bull (edict) that he risked excommunication unless he recanted within 60 days.