Meaning of RETRACTION in English


rə̇.ˈtrakshən, rē.ˈ- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English retraccioun, from Middle French retraction, from Latin retraction-, retractio hesitation, refusal, from retractus (past participle of retrahere to draw back) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : an act of withdrawing a declaration, accusation, promise : recantation , revocation , recall ; also : a statement made by one retracting

a retraction of a charge or decree

insist upon a retraction

2. : an act of retracting or drawing back or in : a state of being retracted : ability to retract

the retraction of claws

the retraction of rubber … the property which causes rubber to return to its original shape — Science

retraction of the oceans from the polar areas — Journal of Geology

fear of life and retraction from its exigencies and challenges — John Dewey

print a retraction of errors — Lister Hill

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