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Definitions of recant

  1. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. To withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To revoke a declaration or proposition; to unsay what has been said; to retract; as, convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To withdraw or take back formally (one's opinion or belief); renounce. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To withdraw (a former declaration): to retract. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To revoke a former declaration: to unsay what has been said. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. RECANTER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Recantation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To retract an opinion or declaration. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To retract, as a statement or opinion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To retract. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To recall words; to retract former words or a former declaration; to unsay something formerly said. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. a term that means to take back or to withdraw a statement that has been made, to repudiate. thelawdictionary.org
  14. r[=e]-kant', v.t. to withdraw (a former declaration): to retract.--v.i. to revoke a former declaration: to unsay what has been said, esp. to declare one's renunciation of a religious belief which one formerly maintained.--ns. R[=E]CANT[=A]'TION, act of recanting: a declaration contradicting a former one; R[=E]CANT'ER. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Withdraw& renounce (opinion, statement, &c.) as erroneous or heretical; disavow former opinion, esp. with public confession of error. Hence recantation n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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