[ ri-trak-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈtræk ʃən /


the act of retracting or the state of being retracted.
withdrawal of a promise, statement, opinion, etc.: His retraction of the libel came too late.
retractile power.

Origin of retraction

1350–1400; Middle English retraccioun < Latin retractiōn- (stem of retractiō), equivalent to Latin retract(us) (see retract1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

non·re·trac·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retraction


/ (rɪˈtrækʃən) /


the act of retracting or state of being retracted
the withdrawal of a statement, charge, etc
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Medicine definitions for retraction


[ rĭ-trăkshən ]


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.
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