Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the withdrawing or open renunciation of a suit in court, by which the plaintiff loses his action.
- n. law, obsolete The withdrawing, or open renunciation, of a suit in court by the plaintiff, by which he forever lost his right of action.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (O. Eng. Law) The withdrawing, or open renunciation, of a suit in court by the plaintiff, by which he forever lost his right of action.
- Latin retraxit ("(he) has withdrawn"), inflection of retraho ("I withdraw"). (Wiktionary)
“Fratres autem ducti fuerunt ad plateam ciuitatis, vbi accensus est ignis copiosus, in quen frater Thomas voluit se proijcere, sed quidam Saracenus cepit eam per caputium et retraxit dicens; Non vadus tu cum sis senex, quia carmen aliquod vel experimentum habere posses super te, quare te ignis non posset laedere, sed alium ire in ignem permittas.”
“Verum te sive valetudo, quod maxime crediderim, sive quid aliud retraxit, persuasissimum hoc habeo, nihil te a rationibus reipublicæ divellere potuisse, nisi vidisses quantum libertatis conservatorem, quam firmum atque fidum Anglicanæ rei columen ac munimentum in successore tuo relinqueres '(ed. 1654, pp. 147-8).”
“That this _retraxit_ of former _follies and delusions_ is not confined to the mere politician, we have the following proofs: --”
“This proved satisfactory and goes to show how small a retraxit will satisfy wounded honor.”
“A retraxit was demanded or a fight, and he promptly responded that he would now say that the gentleman was fit to carry -- offal to a bear.”
“Then the retraxit is in order and the honorable adjustment.”
“For making this charge, Editor Ramsey was promptly arrested for criminal libel and bound over to the Superior court of Wayne county in the sum of $500, and when the grand jury found a true bill against him, he appeared before Judge Timberlake, a Populist Judge, and entered a retraxit and apologised.”
Comments by the State Democratic Committee on the Hand Book Issued by the Peoples [sic] Party State Executive Committee. A Discussion of the Contents of This Book, Showing That It Is Not Issued in the Interest of the Populist Party. It Does Not Contain Any Platform of the Populist Party, Nor Does It Discuss or Advocate Any of Its Well-Known Principles
“To ditto for noli prosequis, discontinuance, and retraxit ..”
“a matter of great nicety as to the time when the retraxit shall be made.”
“Ibid.] [Footnote 420: "Præstantissimus Christi minister, M. Bucerus me iterum simili qua usus fuerat Farellus, obsecratione, ad novam stationem retraxit.”
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