verb (used with object)
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.
verb (used without object)
to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.

1525–35; < Latin recantāre to sing back, sing again, equivalent to re- re- + cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; cf. chant

recantation [ree-kan-tey-shuhn] , noun
recanter, noun
recantingly, adverb
unrecanted, adjective
unrecanting, adjective

recant, recount.

1. revoke, recall, rescind, deny. Unabridged
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recant (rɪˈkænt)
to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
[C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from L. recantare "recall, revoke," from re- "back" + cantare "to chant" (see cant (1)). A word from the Reformation. Loan-translation of Gk. palinoidein "recant," from palin "back" + oeidein "to sing."
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Example sentences
Several refused to recant formally, only making statements that they were no longer sure.
He had to publicly recant his critical remarks about her.
Many detainees were required to recant their religious beliefs as a precondition of release.
Many were required to recant their religious beliefs as a precondition of release.
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