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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of retracting or the state of being retracted.
  • n. The act of recanting or disavowing a previously held statement or belief.
  • n. A formal statement of disavowal.
  • n. Something recanted or disavowed.
  • n. The power of drawing back or of being drawn back.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act or instance of retracting.
  • n. A statement printed or broadcast in a public forum which effects the withdrawal of an earlier assertion, and which concedes that the earlier assertion was in error.
  • n. A continuous function from a topological space onto a subspace which is the identity on that subspace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted.
  • n. The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation.
  • n.
  • n. The act of retracting or shortening.
  • n. The state or condition of a part when drawn back, or towards the center of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of retracting, or the state of being retracted or drawn back: as, the retraction of a cat's claws.
  • n. A falling back; retreat.
  • n. The act of undoing or unsaying something previously done or said; the act of rescinding or recanting, as previous measures or opinions.
  • n. Synonyms See renounce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back
  • n. a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion

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