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[ri-trak-shuh n] /rɪˈtræk ʃən/
the act of retracting or the state of being retracted.
withdrawal of a promise, statement, opinion, etc.:
His retraction of the libel came too late.
retractile power.
Origin of retraction
1350-1400; Middle English retraccioun < Latin retractiōn- (stem of retractiō), equivalent to Latin retract(us) (see retract1) + -iōn- -ion
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nonretraction, noun Unabridged
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  • retraction of the caruncle is best avoided by closing the conjunctival wound with a stitch, and thus pulling the caruncle forward.

  • There shall be no diminution of my love, no retraction of my promises.

  • But I still bear the scar of a wound that would be the better for the balm of your retraction.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He charged him with it, and the other denied the charge and demanded a retraction.

  • It is frequently said that Godkin rarely, if ever, made a retraction or a rectification of personal charges shown to be incorrect.

    Historical Essays James Ford Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for retraction


the act of retracting or state of being retracted
the withdrawal of a statement, charge, etc
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Word Origin and History for retraction

late 14c., "withdrawal of an opinion," from Latin retractionem (nominative retractio) "a drawing back, hesitation, refusal," noun of action from past participle stem of retractare "revoke, cancel," from re- "back" (see re-) + tractere "draw violently," frequentative of trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Originally the title of a book by St. Augustine correcting his former writings. Meaning "recantation of opinion with admission of error" is from 1540s.

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retraction in Medicine

retraction re·trac·tion (rĭ-trāk'shən)

  1. The act of drawing back or in; shrinking.

  2. The act of pulling apart, usually as part of a surgical procedure.

  3. The posterior movement of teeth, usually with the aid of an orthodontic appliance.

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