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retraction

[ ri-trak-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈtræk ʃən /
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noun
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.
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Origin of retraction

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

OTHER WORDS FROM retraction

non·re·trac·tion, noun

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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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How is retraction used in real life?

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for retraction

retraction
/ (rɪˈtrækʃən) /

noun
the act of retracting or state of being retracted
the withdrawal of a statement, charge, etc
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