Simple Definition of retraction
: a statement saying that something you said or wrote at an earlier time is not true or correct
: the act of moving something back into a larger part that usually covers it : the act of retracting something
Examples of retraction
His charges were false, and he was forced to make a retraction.
the retraction of the plane's landing gear
First Known Use of retraction
Rhymes with retraction
abstraction, attraction, bolt-action, class action, compaction, contraction, cross action, detraction, diffraction, distraction, exaction, extraction, impaction, inaction, infraction, job action, live-action, olfaction, protraction, reaction, redaction, refraction, stop-action, subtraction, transaction
Medical Definition of retraction
: an act or instance of retracting; specifically : backward or inward movement of an organ or part <retraction of the nipple or skin overlying the tumor—Journal of the American Medical Association>
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