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Meaning of RETRACTION

Pronunciation:  ri'trakshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back; "the retraction of the landing gear"; "retraction of the foreskin"
  2. [n]  a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
 

RETRACTION is a 10 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: abjuration, recantation
 
 See Also: backdown, climb-down, disavowal, motility, motion, move, movement, withdrawal

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Re*trac"tion\, n. [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 ?oncessions. --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.

 

 

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