- 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 recanted
It was the second time he recanted on campaign-finance reforms.‘Oops,’ First Debate, ‘47 Percent’ & More 2012 Election Turning Points
November 6, 2012
Nearly 10 years after her accusation of rape sent her father to prison, Casandra Kennedy recanted.Casandra Kennedy Recants Rape Charge Against Her Father, Freed After 9 Years
April 10, 2012
Days later, he fired his lawyer, Percy Foreman and recanted, saying that a mysterious man named Raoul set him up.Did the Klan Kill MLK? A New Book Argues Wide Conspiracy
April 4, 2012
This is the second time Obama has recanted on campaign-finance reforms.Obama’s Super PAC Hypocrisy: Giving Blessing to Priorities USA Action
February 8, 2012
Some of the above have recanted their early support of the war.Liberals Sold the Iraq War
September 15, 2010
If he recanted, he was absolved; if he persisted, he was at worst excommunicated.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
He was restored to his pleasant quarters in Newgate, and recanted his recantation.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
Sigismund hounded on the prelates to make an end of Hus, even if he recanted.John Hus
Kennedy at the first was faynt, and glaidly wald have recanted.
It came five years too late, and he recanted his recantation.
- 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
Word Origin and History for recanted
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