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retraction

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noun re·trac·tion \ri-ˈtrak-shən\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of retraction

  1. 1 :  an act of recanting; specifically :  a statement made by one retracting

  2. 2 :  an act of retracting :  the state of being retracted

  3. 3 :  the ability to retract

Examples of retraction in a sentence

  1. His charges were false, and he was forced to make a retraction.

  2. the retraction of the plane's landing gear



14th Century

First Known Use of retraction

14th century


Medical Dictionary

retraction

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noun re·trac·tion \ri-ˈtrak-shən\

Medical Definition of retraction

  1. :  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>




Law Dictionary

retraction

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noun re·trac·tion \ri-ˈtrak-shən\

Legal Definition of retraction

  1. :  an act of taking back or withdrawing <retraction of a confession> <her retraction of the defamatory statement>




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