recant

verb
re·​cant | \ ri-ˈkant How to pronounce recant (audio) \
recanted; recanting; recants

Definition of recant

transitive verb

1 : to withdraw or repudiate (a statement or belief) formally and publicly : renounce
2 : revoke

intransitive verb

: to make an open confession of error

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Other Words from recant

recantation \ ˌrē-​ˌkan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce recant (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for recant

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm and final rejecting or abandoning often made under oath. abjured the errors of his former faith renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown. renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal. I cannot forswear my principles recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught. if they recant they will be spared retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation. the newspaper had to retract the story

Examples of recant in a Sentence

Church officials asked the minister to recant. Witnesses threatened to recant their testimony when the court released their names to the paper.
Recent Examples on the Web Beginning in 2018, the other men who testified against Smith also began to recant their testimony. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man convicted of 2011 murder seeks new trial after co-defendants claim they framed him," 23 Apr. 2021 The department filed criminal charges, which were dropped when the boy, prosecutors now say, was pressured by Rose to recant. BostonGlobe.com, "Calls mount for Boston’s acting mayor to release 1995 molestation investigation into former police union president," 12 Apr. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Fox News, "EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca vaccine benefit outweighs risk," 17 Mar. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Fox News, "EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca vaccine benefit outweighs risk," 17 Mar. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Fox News, "EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca vaccine benefit outweighs risk," 17 Mar. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Fox News, "EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca vaccine benefit outweighs risk," 17 Mar. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Raf Casert And Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: EU regulator ‘firmly convinced’ benefits outweigh blood clot risks," 16 Mar. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Raf Casert, BostonGlobe.com, "EU regulator ‘convinced’ AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of recant

1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for recant

Latin recantare, from re- + cantare to sing — more at chant

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30 Apr 2021

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“Recant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recant. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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recant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recant

formal : to publicly say that you no longer have an opinion or belief that you once had
re·​cant | \ ri-ˈkant How to pronounce recant (audio) \

Legal Definition of recant

: to renounce or withdraw (prior statements or testimony) surprised the prosecution by recanting statements made earlier to the police

intransitive verb

: to renounce or withdraw prior statements or testimony

Other Words from recant

recantation \ ˌrē-​ˌkan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce recant (audio) \ noun

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