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[with-draw-uh l, -drawl, with-] /wɪðˈdrɔ əl, -ˈdrɔl, wɪθ-/
Also, withdrawment. the act or condition of withdrawing.
Pharmacology. the act or process of ceasing to use an addictive drug.
coitus interruptus.
1740-50; withdraw + -al2 Unabridged
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  • Groundwater withdrawals rose in tandem, resulting in a large-scale and ongoing depletion of this critical water reserve.
  • However, withdrawals have resulted in rising salinity, which threatens that agricultural productivity.
  • Psychological cravings and relapse triggers continue long after the physiological withdrawals cease.
  • Its common in almost all governmental or semi-governmental type positions to require retirement withdrawals.
  • Efficient irrigation, for instance, would reduce freshwater withdrawals almost by half.
  • The farmers taking part in the project measure and record rainfall, the water table, withdrawals and other data for their land.
  • Less than half the electric-power companies surveyed even provided data on total water withdrawals.
  • To prevent fire sales, perhaps a third of funds have restricted client withdrawals.
  • But many companies, including some that have given in to the boycotters, argue that such withdrawals do more harm than good.
  • Insurance cannot protect against one of a fund's gravest threats: withdrawals.
British Dictionary definitions for withdrawals


an act or process of withdrawing; retreat, removal, or detachment
the period a drug addict goes through following abrupt termination in the use of narcotics, usually characterized by physical and mental symptoms (withdrawal symptoms)
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Word Origin and History for withdrawals



1820s, "act of taking back," also "retraction of a statement," from withdraw + -al (2). Earlier words in the same sense were withdrawment (1640s); withdraught (mid-14c.). Meaning "removal of money from a bank, etc." is from 1861; psychological sense is from 1916; meaning "physical reaction to the cessation of an addictive substance" is from 1929 (with an isolated use from 1897; withdrawal symptoms is from 1924). As a synonym for coitus interruptus from 1889.

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withdrawals in Medicine

withdrawal with·draw·al (wĭð-drô'əl, wĭth-)

  1. Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.

  2. Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.

  3. The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.

  4. A pattern of behavior, observed in schizophrenia and depression, that is characterized by a pathological retreat from interpersonal contact and social involvement and that leads to self-preoccupation.

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withdrawals in Science
  (wĭ-drô'əl, wĭth-)   
Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance. The symptoms of withdrawal include headache, diarrhea, and tremors and can range from mild to life threatening, depending on the extent of the body's reliance on the addictive substance.
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