- Also with·draw·ment. the act or condition of withdrawing.
- Pharmacology. the act or process of ceasing to use an addictive drug.
- coitus interruptus.
Origin of withdrawal
Related Words for withdrawalretirement, exodus, departure, exit, disengagement, resignation, abdication, revocation, recall, abandonment, abjuration, recantation, rescission, extraction, egress, relinquishment, revulsion, alienation, secession, repudiation
Examples from the Web for withdrawal
Contemporary Examples of withdrawal
It announced a withdrawal from the French shore due to invincible enemy resistance.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Firsthand accounts from Sinjar paint a picture of withdrawal without a fight and without warning the local population.How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked
Christine van den Toorn
August 17, 2014
The withdrawal from Sector D leaves several other border crossings open.Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Russian Border, Leaving 100 Kilometers Open to Invasion
August 12, 2014
“We are paying the price for inaction and we are paying the price for withdrawal,” said McCain.McCain Calls Obama's 'Pinprick' Iraq Strikes 'Meaningless' and 'Almost Worse Than Nothing'
August 8, 2014
Yet while sanctions like these can be painful, they can also make Putin more adamantly resistant to withdrawal from Ukraine.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Historical Examples of withdrawal
At length the withdrawal was completed, and the brigade returned to camp.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Let me have your note of withdrawal before you leave town this afternoon.The Gentleman From Indiana
This firm was dissolved in 1865, by the withdrawal of Mr. Thatcher.Cleveland Past and Present
Her withdrawal had hinted at other things besides disease and pain.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The case had been dropped: the Honorable Heman had announced its withdrawal.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- an act or process of withdrawing; retreat, removal, or detachment
- the period a drug addict goes through following abrupt termination in the use of narcotics, usually characterized by physical and mental symptoms (withdrawal symptoms)
Word Origin and History for withdrawal
1820s, "act of taking back," also "retraction of a statement," from withdraw + -al (2). Earlier words in the same sense were withdrawment (1640s); withdraught (mid-14c.). Meaning "removal of money from a bank, etc." is from 1861; psychological sense is from 1916; meaning "physical reaction to the cessation of an addictive substance" is from 1929 (with an isolated use from 1897; withdrawal symptoms is from 1924). As a synonym for coitus interruptus from 1889.
- Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.
- Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.
- The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.
- A pattern of behavior, observed in schizophrenia and depression, that is characterized by a pathological retreat from interpersonal contact and social involvement and that leads to self-preoccupation.
- Coitus interruptus.
- Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance. The symptoms of withdrawal include headache, diarrhea, and tremors and can range from mild to life threatening, depending on the extent of the body's reliance on the addictive substance.