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withdrawal

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noun with·draw·al \-ˈdrȯ(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of withdrawal

  • : an act of moving something away or taking something away

  • : an act of ending your involvement in something

  • : the act of taking money out of a bank account

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of withdrawal

  1. 1 a :  the act of taking back or away something that has been granted or possessed b :  removal from a place of deposit or investment c (1) :  the discontinuance of administration or use of a drug (2) :  the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting drug <a heroin addict going through withdrawal>

  2. 2 a :  retreat or retirement especially into a more secluded or less exposed place or position b :  an operation by which a military force disengages from the enemy c (1) :  social or emotional detachment (2) :  a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)

  3. 3 :  retraction, revocation <threatened us with withdrawal of consent>

  4. 4 a :  the act of drawing someone or something back from or out of a place or position b :  coitus interruptus

Examples of withdrawal in a sentence

  1. The general authorized the withdrawal of troops from the fields.

  2. She made a withdrawal from her checking account.

  3. He underwent rehab to help him through his withdrawal from heroin.

  4. She experienced symptoms of nicotine withdrawal after she quit smoking.



1749

First Known Use of withdrawal

1749

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WITHDRAWAL Defined for Kids

withdrawal

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noun with·draw·al \with-ˈdrȯ-əl, with-\

Definition of withdrawal for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of withdrawing




Medical Dictionary

withdrawal

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noun with·draw·al \-ˈdrȯ(ə-)l\

Medical Definition of withdrawal

  1. 1a:  a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)b:  social or emotional detachment

  2. 2a:  the discontinuance of administration or use of a drugb:  the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting substance <a heroin addict going through withdrawal>

  3. 3:  coitus interruptus




Law Dictionary

withdrawal

noun with·draw·al

Legal Definition of withdrawal

  1. 1 :  the act or fact of withdrawing <withdrawal from a conspiracy>

  2. 2 :  removal of money from a place of deposit or investment





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