retraction

noun

re·​trac·​tion ri-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce retraction (audio)
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 The kind of investigations that lead to full retractions or corrections don’t come often enough, and meanwhile, there’s just too much science being published. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 12 July 2024 This may partly be driven by legal caution; nobody relishes a libel lawsuit from a prominent researcher who objects to a retraction. Peter Aldhous, Scientific American, 2 July 2024 Then in January, an amateur science sleuth made allegations of research image manipulation by top scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which led to subsequent retractions. Evan Bush, NBC News, 28 June 2024 Although no retractions of any legal claims were issued and the lawsuits were still pending, Cohen reacted as though that were the end of it, appearing on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter straightening his tie above the headline WHAT, ME WORRY? Jessica Pressler, Vulture, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for retraction 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of retraction was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Retraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retraction. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

retraction

noun
re·​trac·​tion ri-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce retraction (audio)
1
: a statement taking back something previously said
2
: an act of retracting : the state of being retracted
3
: the ability to retract

Medical Definition

retraction

noun
re·​trac·​tion ri-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce retraction (audio)
: 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 The Journal of the American Medical Association

Legal Definition

retraction

noun
re·​trac·​tion ri-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce retraction (audio)
: an act of taking back or withdrawing
retraction of a confession
her retraction of the defamatory statement

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