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 periodicals archive ?
The Recanters: What Happens When Abuse Claims Come Undone?, The Texas Observer
The different categories in which the political prisoners were grouped--pentiti (recanters), irriducibili (hardliners), and the dissociati who refused both positions reproduced the factional divisions already evident within the conduct of the armed struggle.
Chart 2: Participants in the Counseling (al-Munasah'ah) Program Recanters 10% Non-Recanters 90% Note: Table made from pie chart.