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Retraction  n.  
The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.
The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation. "Other men's insatiable desire of revenge hath wholly beguiled both church and state of the benefit of all my either retractions or concessions."
The act of retracting or shortening; as, the retraction of a severed muscle; the retraction of a sinew.
The state or condition of a part when drawn back, or towards the center of the body.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Retraction" Quotes from Famous Books

... time the procedure began to move. He murmured instructions to Jack from time to time, and placed Tiger's clumsy hands in the places he wanted them for retraction. "Not there, back a little," he said. "That's right. Now hold this clamp and release it slowly while I tie, then reclamp it. Slowly now ... that's the way! ...
— Star Surgeon • Alan Nourse

... she was now standing; but Robespierre remained seated, still shading his eyes with his hand, as though he had nothing further to say to her, and would wish to be alone. She, however, felt that she could not leave him without some further explanation on her part, some retraction on his; but she knew not how to set about it. The most eloquent men in France had found it difficult to explain anything to Robespierre's satisfaction. No one had yet been able to make him retract the word ...
— La Vendee • Anthony Trollope

... never foreshadowed, was the implication of an innocent man in his supposed murder. He would obtain complete retraction from the accuser, and set the wrong right; but clearly the wrong could never have been done if he had never planned a deception. Then, whatever inconvenience or distress of mind the deception cost him, it was manful repentantly to accept as among its ...
— Our Mutual Friend • Charles Dickens

Words linked to "Retraction" :   backdown, move, movement, climb-down, withdrawal, retract, disavowal

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