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[bak-doun] /ˈbækˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a withdrawal from a previously held position, especially in the face of superior power or upon further consideration.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase back down
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  • Dolphins are released from the net during the backdown procedure.
British Dictionary definitions for backdown

back down

verb
1.
(intransitive, adverb) to withdraw an earlier claim
2.
(transitive) (rowing) to cause (a boat) to move backwards by pushing rather than pulling on the oars
noun
3.
abandonment of an earlier claim
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