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[ ri-trak-shuhn ]


  1. the act of retracting retract or the state of being retracted. retract.
  2. withdrawal of a promise, statement, opinion, etc.:

    His retraction of the libel came too late.

  3. retractile power.

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  • nonre·traction noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of retraction1

1350–1400; Middle English retraccioun < Latin retractiōn- (stem of retractiō ), equivalent to Latin retract ( us ) ( retract 1 ) + -iōn- -ion

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Example Sentences

Hundreds of thousands of Americans died of a disease that spurred a massive retraction of social engagement.

Smartmatic and Dominion also demanded retractions from Fox’s lesser-known competitors in conservative media, including Newsmax, One America News and the Epoch Times.

On Tuesday, the New York Times acknowledged errors in how it rolled out the retraction of key episodes in its 2018 “Caliphate” podcast series.

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 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.

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KERMIT:  Yes—just trying to save The Daily Beast from having to issue a retraction.

Barricade offered to print a correction or a retraction, but every offer was rebuffed.

This time, there was no retraction, and Clash quickly resigned from Sesame Street.

Second, Skyfall is nowhere near as awesome as Casino Royale, so you need to offer a retraction on that as well.

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.

The next week the Declarator retracted, in the manner in which it always retracted when a retraction was necessary.

Some of you profess to think its retraction would operate favourably for the Union.

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.


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More About Retraction

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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Retraction is usually used to refer to correcting something incorrect or false.



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A tortoise’s retraction of its head into its shell is a defense mechanism.