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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 ?
This was very wonderful if it were true; and Lady Russell was in a state of very agreeable curiosity and perplexity about Mr Elliot, already recanting the sentiment she had so lately expressed to Mary, of his being "a man whom she had no wish to see." She had a great wish to see him.
Had he been bulldozed into recanting? Or had the strain been too great for him, and had he meekly surrendered to the juggernaut of the established?
Albayalde said that while Advincula's claims would be validated, the 'recanting narrator' would also be investigated himself.
On Thursday, Advincula appeared in a press conference at Camp Crame, recanting his allegation that President Rodrigo Duterte's family and allies are involved in illegal drug trade.
The ICC has accused Bett, Gicheru and Barasa of witness interference and bribery, among other claims of impropriety, which allegedly led to suspects recanting statements and becoming hostile to the court.
Recanting is the act of trying to take back or withdraw a prior statement, while perjury is deliberately making false or misleading statements while under oath.
The President, meantime, has no intention of recanting his statement about the Catholic faith despite criticisms from some groups.
Which Italian astronomer is said to have muttered 'Eppur si muove' after recanting his belief in the Copernican system?
I look forward to Lord Tebbit recanting on his anti-union laws.
While executions for apostasy are rare, many people have had their charges dropped or convictions overturned after recanting their faith.
Khurram Khan, a deputy prosecutor general, attributed the large number of recanting witnesses to "fear, threats and out of court settlements".
His recanting could have ramifications for the landmark conviction of Msgr.