Definition of withdrawal
1 a : the act of taking back or away something that has been granted or possessed b : removal from a place of deposit or investment c (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>
2 a : retreat or retirement especially into a more secluded or less exposed place or position b : an operation by which a military force disengages from the enemy c (1) : social or emotional detachment (2) : a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)
4 a : the act of drawing someone or something back from or out of a place or position b : 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.
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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