re·​trac·​tion | \ ri-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce retraction (audio) \

Definition of retraction

1 : an act of recanting specifically : a statement made by one retracting
2 : an act of retracting : the state of being retracted
3 : the ability to retract

Examples of retraction in a Sentence

His charges were false, and he was forced to make a retraction. the retraction of the plane's landing gear
Recent Examples on the Web While the campaign publicly rebuked the network and demanded a retraction, President Trump telephoned Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "AP, Fox News, and major networks declare Biden next president," 7 Nov. 2020 Ede wrote that Project Veritas is seeking a retraction from Sahan Journal and criticized its translations of the interview Jamal gave to Somali American TV. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No proof of alleged voter fraud scheme or connection to Rep. Ilhan Omar," 16 Oct. 2020 But that doesn’t mean readers should expect a retraction. James Freeman, WSJ, "Now They’re After Lincoln," 12 Oct. 2020 A day before liftoff, the classified mission is delayed due to a problem with the launch pad's swing arm retraction system. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX, Northrop seek to break launch gremlin curse with Friday night attempts," 2 Oct. 2020 Abnormalities include lumps, hardness, redness, dimpling, dry or flaky skin, nipple retraction, pain, nipple discharge or any kind of swelling or irritation. Juhi Varma, Houston Chronicle, "Check-ups, healthy lifestyle decrease breast cancer risk, improve chances of successful treatment," 6 Oct. 2020 Featuring a translucent barrel, twistable advancement or retraction for a jumbo eraser, and a side-click lead advance for easy extension without losing your grip, this pencil sets the bar high for common-use mechanical pencils. Popular Science, "Mechanical pencils to keep forever," 2 Nov. 2020 Also in the claim, Hargrove said Elliott made false statements in a public response to NBC 7’s retraction. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspended NBC 7 producer files legal claim against city over retracted Ash Street story," 14 Oct. 2020 It was widely shared as proof that every American should be wearing a mask, until dozens of statistical specialists began calling for its immediate retraction. Megan Molteni, Wired, "How Much Do Crowds Contribute to Covid? It's Complicated," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of retraction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Retraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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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 tumorJournal of the American Medical Association


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Legal Definition of retraction

: an act of taking back or withdrawing retraction of a confession her retraction of the defamatory statement

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