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Webster 1913 Edition


Retraction

Re-trac′tion

(rē̍-trāk′shŭn)
,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
rétraction
, 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
.
2.
The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation.
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.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Retraction

RETRAC'TION

,
Noun.
[from retract.]
1.
The act of withdrawing something advanced, or changing something done.
2.
Recantation; disavowal of the truth of what has been said; declaration of change of opinion.
3.
Act of withdrawing a claim.
Other men's insatiable desire of revenge, hath beguiled church and state of the benefit of my retractions or concessions.

Definition 2023


retraction

retraction

See also: rétraction

English

Noun

retraction (plural retractions)

  1. An act or instance of retracting.
  2. 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.
  3. (mathematics) A continuous function from a topological space onto a subspace which is the identity on that subspace.

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