Meaning of RECANT in English
v. 1 tr. withdraw and renounce (a former belief or statement) as erroneous or heretical. 2 intr. disavow a former opinion, esp. with a public confession of error. recantation n. recanter n.
[ L recantare revoke (as RE-, cantare sing, chant) ]
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012