- Quality of being retractable.
Variant of retract
- to draw back or in: to retract claws
- to withdraw or disavow (a statement, promise, offer, charge, etc.); recant
Origin of retractMiddle English retracten: in retractsense ; from Classical Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere, to draw back ; from re-, back + trahere, to draw; in retractsense ; from Middle French retracter ; from Classical Latin retractare, to draw back, withdraw ; from re-, back + tractare, to pull, draw, frequentative of trahere