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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retraction \Re*trac"tion\ (r[-e]*tr[=a]k"sh[u^]n), noun [Cf. F. r['e]traction, L. retractio a drawing back, hesitation.]

1. The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.

2. The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation.

Other men's insatiable desire of revenge hath wholly beguiled both church and state of the benefit of all my either retractions or concessions. --Eikon Basilike.

3. (Physiol.) (a) The act of retracting or shortening; as, the retraction of a severed muscle; the retraction of a sinew. (b) The state or condition of a part when drawn back, or towards the center of the body.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

retraction

noun

1: a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion [syn: {retraction}, {abjuration}, {recantation}]

2: the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back; "the retraction of the landing gear"; "retraction of the foreskin"


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