resile

verb
re·​sile | \ri-ˈzī(-ə)l \
resiled; resiling

Definition of resile 

intransitive verb

: recoil, retract especially : to return to a prior position resile from an agreement

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Resile is a resilient word; it's been around in English since at least 1529. It's also a cousin of "resilient" - both words derive from the Latin verb resilire," which means to _jump back" or "recoil." ("Resilire" in turn comes from _salire, meaning "to jump.") "Resilient" focuses on the ability of something to "bounce back" from damage, whereas "resile" generally applies to someone or something that withdraws from an agreement or "jumps back" from a stated position. Resile is a word that shows up only occasionally in U.S. sources; it is more common in British and especially Australian English.

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And, on top of all that, Iran might resile from the deal, further roiling an unstable region at risk of tit-for-tat nuclear proliferation. The Economist, "Scrapping the Iran nuclear deal will harm America," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of resile

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resile

Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin resilire to withdraw, from Latin, to recoil

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The first known use of resile was in 1529

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