Origin of retraction
Related Words for retractiondenial, annulment, reversal, repudiation, disclaimer, disavowal, revocation, about-face, withdrawal, abrogation, abjuration, contradiction, abnegation, recall, nullification, volte-face, rescission, abandonment, recantation
Examples from the Web for retraction
Contemporary Examples of retraction
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
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
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
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
But one kinda doubts a bureaucrat would lie and then demand a retraction.Weekly Jobless Claims Riddle Semi-Solved
October 12, 2012
Historical Examples of retraction
But I still bear the scar of a wound that would be the better for the balm of your retraction.Scaramouche
There shall be no diminution of my love, no retraction of my promises.The Romance of an Old Fool
Thus it was not owing to any retraction of his gift, or reconsideration of it, that he demurred.Michael
E. F. Benson
She was inclined to batter her into a retraction; it would have relieved her own feelings.Regiment of Women
He often advanced by retreating, and asserted by retraction.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
- the act of retracting or state of being retracted
- the withdrawal of a statement, charge, etc
Word Origin and History for retraction
late 14c., "withdrawal of an opinion," from Latin retractionem (nominative retractio) "a drawing back, hesitation, refusal," noun of action from past participle stem of retractare "revoke, cancel," from re- "back" (see re-) + tractere "draw violently," frequentative of trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Originally the title of a book by St. Augustine correcting his former writings. Meaning "recantation of opinion with admission of error" is from 1540s.
- The act of drawing back or in; shrinking.
- The act of pulling apart, usually as part of a surgical procedure.
- The posterior movement of teeth, usually with the aid of an orthodontic appliance.