Definition of Retraction

1. Noun. A disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion.

Exact synonyms: Abjuration, Recantation
Generic synonyms: Disavowal, Disclaimer
Specialized synonyms: Backdown, Climb-down, Withdrawal
Derivative terms: Abjure, Recant, Retract

2. Noun. The act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back. "Retraction of the foreskin"
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Derivative terms: Retract

Definition of Retraction

1. n. The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.

Definition of Retraction

1. Noun. An act or instance of retracting. ¹

2. Noun. A statement printed or broadcast in a public forum which effects the withdrawal of an earlier assertion, and which concedes that the earlier assertion was in error. ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) A continuous function from a topological space onto a subspace which is the identity on that subspace. ¹

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Definition of Retraction

1. traction [n -S] - See also: traction

Medical Definition of Retraction

1. 1. The act of drawing back, the condition of being drawn back. 2. Distal movement of teeth, usually accomplished with an orthodontic appliance. Origin: L. Retrahere = to draw back This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Retraction

retracted publication
retracted tongue root
retraction fibre
retraction of publication
retraction syndrome
retrahens aurem

Literary usage of Retraction

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Roman-Dutch Law by Simon van Leeuwen (1886)
"But at Gouda and Oudewater there is no retraction with respect to rents and debts. The places where special right of retraction is observed (although not ..."

2. Physical Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1919)
"Very frequently in men past forty-five the whole heart sinks considerably, so that a marked systolic retraction (less often pulsation) is seen below the ..."

3. Medical Diagnosis: With Special Reference to Practical Medicine : a Guide to by Jacob Mendes Da Costa (1890)
"It is not an unfavorable event; on the contrary, in cases in which it happens, retraction of the thoracic parietes is less likely to occur. ..."

4. A Theoretical and practical treatise on midwifery by Pierre Cazeaux (1857)
"OF THE PELVIS DEFORMED BY EXCESS OF Retraction. Among the various conditions necessary to a spontaneous labor, there ia one whose importance cannot be ..."

5. A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea (1887)
"ever, was that the confession was true and the retraction a perjury, and the view taken of such cases was that the retraction proved the accused to be an ..."

6. The Encyclopædia of Evidence by Edgar Whittlesey Camp, John Finley Crowe (1906)
"In Rebuttal the plaintiff may show that the retraction was not ... A mere offer to publish a retraction cannot be shown in mitigation of damages.41 3. ..."

7. Physical Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest by Richard Clarke Cabot (1900)
"(3) Apex Retraction. Before leaving the subject of the cardiac impulse it seems best to speak of those cases in which during systole we see a retraction of ..."

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