retractive

retractive

[ri-trak-tiv]
adjective
tending or serving to retract.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English retractif < Old French; see retract1, -ive

retractively, adverb
retractiveness, noun
unretractive, adjective
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retract (rɪˈtrækt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to draw in (a part or appendage): a snail can retract its horns; to retract the landing gear of an aircraft
2.  to withdraw (a statement, opinion, charge, etc) as invalid or unjustified
3.  to go back on (a promise or agreement)
4.  (intr) to shrink back, as in fear
5.  phonetics to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue back away from the lips
 
[C16: from Latin retractāre to withdraw, from tractāre to pull, from trahere to drag]
 
re'tractable
 
adj
 
re'tractible
 
adj
 
retracta'bility
 
n
 
retractibility
 
n
 
retractation
 
n
 
re'tractive
 
adj

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