Definition of withdrawal
1a : the act of taking back or away something that has been granted or possessedb : removal from a place of deposit or investmentc (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
2a : retreat or retirement especially into a more secluded or less exposed place or positionb : an operation by which a military force disengages from the enemyc (1) : social or emotional detachment (2) : a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)
4a : the act of drawing someone or something back from or out of a place or positionb : coitus interruptus
Examples of withdrawal in a Sentence
The general authorized the withdrawal of troops from the fields.
She made a withdrawal from her checking account.
He underwent rehab to help him through his withdrawal from heroin.
She experienced symptoms of nicotine withdrawal after she quit smoking.
Recent Examples of withdrawal from the Web
Since the drug didn’t last as long as promised, some patients suffered withdrawal, which led them to become addicted.
In announcing his withdrawal from the international pact to fight global warming, Trump touted mines opening in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and said the Paris accord would’ve been a near extinction-level event for such operations.
Mayors of cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City have signed on — along with Pittsburgh, which Mr. Trump mentioned in his speech announcing the withdrawal — as have Hewlett-Packard, Mars and dozens of other companies.
Moran’s fellow Republican and Kansas senator, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, on the other hand, signed a letter last week urging the country’s withdrawal from the agreement.
Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which U.S. allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a U.S. withdrawal.
President Donald Trump welcomed Vietnam’s prime minister to the White House Wednesday for talks focusing on the American trade deficit, while the Southeast Asian country is still shaken by Trump’s withdrawal from a regional commerce pact.
Some legal scholars have said Trump’s real opportunity to hamper collective action on climate change isn’t the Paris accord, but withdrawal from the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
As another point of comparison, banks in Zimbabwe rarely allow cash withdrawals for more than $50 a day due to the country's crippling cash shortage.
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First Known Use of withdrawal
WITHDRAWAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of withdrawal for English Language Learners
: 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
WITHDRAWAL Defined for Kids
Definition of withdrawal for Students
: an act or instance of withdrawing
Medical Definition of withdrawal
1a: a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)b: social or emotional detachment
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
Legal Definition of withdrawal
1 : the act or fact of withdrawing withdrawal from a conspiracy
2 : removal of money from a place of deposit or investment
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