Origin of retraction
OTHER WORDS FROM retractionnon·re·trac·tion, noun
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What is a retraction?
Retraction is the withdrawal of a statement or promise, such as in a news story. When a news outlet gets facts wrong in a story, they publish a retraction that states what facts were wrong and what the correct facts are.
In general, retraction is the act of pulling something back, such as the retraction of a payment (taking the payment back).
Example: If this turns out to be true, we’ll have to issue a retraction about last week’s issue.
Where does retraction come from?
The first records of the term retraction come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin retractiōn. It combines the term retract, meaning “to draw back,” with the suffix –ion, which creates nouns from verbs, like legion and opinion.
The main use of retraction defines a physical or digital retraction written with the intent of correcting misinformation in a previous work coming from the same source as the work it references.
Retraction can also describe the act of physically pulling something in toward oneself or reeling in a line, but it’s not very common outside of science and medicine.
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- nonretraction (noun)
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How is retraction used in real life?
Retraction is usually used to refer to correcting something incorrect or false.
Any retraction in the news should have to be in the same space as the original headline, not in the bottom corner.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2017
I'd like to make an official retraction! #H50 has not been officially renewed for a 10th season yet. I got wrapped up in all the excitement and misspoke in a live interview. It happens, I'm human. I apologize for any misleading information. But fingers crossed!!!!!! Mahalo:)
— Michelle Borth (@michelleborth) April 18, 2019
RETRACTION! For live tweeting, the hashtag is #MindyPremiere! I'm so embarrassed of my earlier mistake
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 16, 2014
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Is retraction used correctly in the following sentence?
A tortoise’s retraction of its head into its shell is a defense mechanism.
How to use retraction in a sentence
Hundreds of thousands of Americans died of a disease that spurred a massive retraction of social engagement.A brutal, isolating year leads to baffling battles between good and evil|Philip Bump|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
Smartmatic and Dominion also demanded retractions from Fox’s lesser-known competitors in conservative media, including Newsmax, One America News and the Epoch Times.Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have disappeared from Fox airwaves|Jeremy Barr|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
On Tuesday, the New York Times acknowledged errors in how it rolled out the retraction of key episodes in its 2018 “Caliphate” podcast series.The New York Times admits mistakes in handling the demise of ‘Caliphate’|Erik Wemple|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Many have also pushed back against calls for retraction, recommending that comments on the paper’s alleged flaws be submitted to the journal instead.The Problem with a New Study on Mentorship in Science - Facts So Romantic|Aubrey Clayton|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
The reason behind it is the use-it-or-lose-it ad spending that is usually expected in Q4, amplified by the spend retraction in Q2 and Q3 that is now reallocated to Q4 and, finally, the elections ad spend that is reducing inventory even more.
KERMIT: Yes—just trying to save The Daily Beast from having to issue a retraction.Exclusive: Kermit the Frog Grills Miss Piggy About ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ Dating, and Hollywood|Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Barricade offered to print a correction or a retraction, but every offer was rebuffed.Sheldon Adelson, the Billionaire Who Bankrupted Me|John L. Smith|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This time, there was no retraction, and Clash quickly resigned from Sesame Street.‘I Always Felt It Was Creepy’: Stories of Sex With Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash|Maria Elena Fernandez|December 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Second, Skyfall is nowhere near as awesome as Casino Royale, so you need to offer a retraction on that as well.Is ‘Skyfall’ the Best (and Gayest) James Bond Movie Yet?|Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern|November 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But one kinda doubts a bureaucrat would lie and then demand a retraction.
Uncle Dick did not relish my retraction, and his near-sighted eyes glared at me in disgust.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
The next week the Declarator retracted, in the manner in which it always retracted when a retraction was necessary.Dominie Dean|Ellis Parker Butler
Some of you profess to think its retraction would operate favourably for the Union.Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865|Abraham Lincoln
An indignant protest from other citizens compelled the retraction of this letter before it was sent.
It is capable of considerable distension, and after retraction, to allow of the child passing down it from the Womb.