retraction

[ ri-trak-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈtræk ʃən /

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.

Nearby words

  1. retox,
  2. retrace,
  3. retract,
  4. retractable,
  5. retractile,
  6. retraction nystagmus,
  7. retractive,
  8. retractively,
  9. retractor,
  10. retrain

Origin of retraction

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

Related formsnon·re·trac·tion, noun

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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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Word Origin and History for retraction

retraction

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for retraction

retraction

[ rĭ-trăkshən ]

n.

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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