- to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.
- to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.
Origin of recant
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1. revoke, recall, rescind, deny.
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Examples from the Web for recantation
Still, the recantation required Baur to notify a judge and let the courts decide it credible or not.Casandra Kennedy Recants Rape Charge Against Her Father, Freed After 9 Years
April 10, 2012
He persevered in Calvinism after the recantation of the King.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Becoming, however, sensible of his error, he publicly renounced his recantation.Fox's Book of Martyrs
You say this slavery business is to last until I make my recantation?Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
With regard to the recantation, however, let me say at once, I shall not sign it!History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
He was restored to his pleasant quarters in Newgate, and recanted his recantation.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
- to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant
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Word Origin and History for recantation
1540s, noun of action from recant.
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