re·​trac·​tion ri-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce retraction (audio)
: an act of recanting
specifically : a statement made by one retracting
: an act of retracting : the state of being retracted
: the ability to retract

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Example Sentences

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 Zhao demanded a retraction, called for the edition’s removal from newsstands and for a restraining order to stop the defendants from further spreading the portrayal. Danny Nelson, Fortune, 26 July 2022 Former Los Angeles Lakers player, coach, and executive Jerry West is demanding a retraction and apology from HBO and Adam McKay over his portrayal in the new series, Winning Time, ESPN reports. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2022 Economic retraction seems inevitable in the face of high inflation, supply chain disruptions, logistical issues and geopolitical events, like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Cenk Sidar, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 The fix simply involved swapping in a much stronger link to the retraction system, and all was well. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2022 Because the movement can be great for reinforcing scapular retraction, the face pull can also help improve posture. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 2 Aug. 2022 Cons: There are not many additional features outside of the innovative extension and retraction system. Alyssa Brascia,, 22 July 2022 When West recently asked HBO for a retraction and an apology, several figures from the show, including Abdul-Jabbar (who also objected to his own portrayal) and the former Forum executive Claire Rothman, were quick to take his side. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Jerry West has demanded an apology and retraction from HBO and Winning Time's production team. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 9 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Retraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition



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 Journal of the American Medical Association

Legal Definition



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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