- 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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Related Words for recantannul, revoke, backtrack, repudiate, contradict, renounce, disavow, renege, retract, disown, rescind, disclaim, deny, abnegate, welsh, recall, void, abjure, countermand, nullify
Examples from the Web for recant
Contemporary Examples of recant
However, she has since refused to recant her story and stands by her original claim.Somalia Jails Woman and Journalist Over Soldier Rape Claims
February 9, 2013
Historical Examples of recant
Dr. Williams then bid him recant, as he had done; but Dowry had not so learned his duty.Fox's Book of Martyrs
"I shall not recant," he said, and walked to the post, to which he was chained.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
I have never been guilty of any errors, and have nothing to recant.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
When he was brought to book, he was honourable enough to recant.Victorian Worthies
George Henry Blore
I am sure, however, that I thought myself right: and am glad to recant.Edward FitzGerald and "Posh"
- to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public