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recantation


verb (used with object)

  1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.

verb (used without object)

  1. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.

verb

  1. to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
n.

1540s, noun of action from recant.

v.

1530s, from Latin recantare “recall, revoke,” from re- “back” (see re-) + cantare “to chant” (see chant (v.)). A word from the Reformation. Loan-translation of Greek palinoidein “recant,” from palin “back” + oeidein “to sing.” Related: Recanted; recanting.

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