Retraction

Re*trac"tion

(r*trk"shn), n. [Cf. F. rtraction, L. retractio a drawing back, hesitation.] 1. The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.
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2. The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation.
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Other men's insatiable desire of revenge hath wholly beguiled both church and state of the benefit of all my either retractions or concessions.
Eikon Basilike.
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3. (Physiol.) (a) The act of retracting or shortening; as, the retraction of a severed muscle; the retraction of a sinew. (b) The state or condition of a part when drawn back, or towards the center of the body.
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