Although Mefferd later apologized for the method of her accusations, she did not retract the substance of the claims.
But when reporters asked him why he felt the need to retract the comment, he said, “So you all could stop asking me about it, OK?”
Editor Mark Whitaker stood by the article, but had to retract the detail about the Quran.
early 15c., "to draw (something) back," from Old French retracter (14c.) and directly from Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere "to draw back" (see retraction). Sense of "to revoke, recant, take back" is attested from 1540s, probably a back-formation from retraction. Related: Retracted; retracting.