Retraction is defined as formally taking back something which was said or done.
When a newspaper prints something incorrect and later takes back what they said and publishes an article saying they were wrong, this is an example of aretraction.
- a retracting or being retracted; specif.,
- withdrawal, as of a statement, promise, charge, etc.
- a drawing or being drawn back or in
- power of retracting
Origin of retractionMiddle English retraccion from Late Latin retractio
- The act of retracting or the state of being retracted.
- a. The act of recanting or disavowing a previously held statement or belief.b. A formal statement of disavowal.
- The power of drawing back or of being drawn back.
- An act or instance of retracting.
- 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.
- (mathematics) A continuous function from a topological space onto a subspace which is the identity on that subspace.
retraction - Legal Definition
The act of taking back or withdrawing (a statement, a plea, an accusation, or a condition of a contract); the withdrawing or taking back of a renunciation. See also renunciation.