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But I still bear the scar of a wound that would be the better for the balm of your retraction.

There shall be no diminution of my love, no retraction of my promises.

Thus it was not owing to any retraction of his gift, or reconsideration of it, that he demurred.

She was inclined to batter her into a retraction; it would have relieved her own feelings.

He often advanced by retreating, and asserted by retraction.

"Say but one word of retraction, sir," resumed the young officer.

He charged him with it, and the other denied the charge and demanded a retraction.

Retraction of the abdomen is common, but there may be tympanites.

You have demanded a retraction of a charge made by us or satisfaction.

Where it can be made, the apology and retraction must be full, fair, prompt.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "withdrawal of an opinion," from Latin retractionem (nominative retractio) "a drawing back, hesitation, refusal," noun of action from past participle stem of retractare "revoke, cancel," from re- "back" (see re-) + tractere "draw violently," frequentative of trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Originally the title of a book by St. Augustine correcting his former writings. Meaning "recantation of opinion with admission of error" is from 1540s.

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