a withdrawal from a previously held position, especially in the face of superior power or upon further consideration.

Origin of backdown

1860–65, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase back down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for backdown

renunciation, withdrawal, recantation, palinode

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