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Monday, February 18, 2013

Definitions for recant

  1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.
  2. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.

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Citations for recant
In the circumstances, Mr Badby, I feel that I can offer you a pension in return for your decision to recant. Robert Nye, Falstaff
It was the only part of it they really wanted me to recant, as a sign that I was getting well again. Stephen King, Skeleton Crew
Origin of recant
1525-1535
This Reformation era word entered the lexicon in the 1530s from the Latin cantāre meaning "to sing." Thus recant literally translates as "to sing again" or "to sing back."