- The definition of withdrawal is the act of taking something out, or stopping participation in an activity.
- When you take $10 out of your bank account, this is an example of a withdrawal.
- When you stop taking cocaine and your body experiences changes as a result of the loss of the drug, this is an example of withdrawal.
withdrawal definition by Webster's New World
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- the act of withdrawing
- the act or process of giving up the use of a narcotic drug to which one has become addicted, typically accompanied by distressing physiological and mental effects ()
- coitus interruptus
withdrawal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The act or process of withdrawing, as:a. A retreat or retirement.b. Retreat of a military force in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat.c. Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.d. A removal from a place or position of something that has been deposited.
- a. Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.b. The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.
- The act or an instance of retracting or revoking: feared the withdrawal of his parents' permission.
- Coitus interruptus.
withdrawal - Medical Definition
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.
- Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.
- The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.
- A pattern of behavior, observed in schizophrenia and depression, that is characterized by a pathological retreat from interpersonal contact and social involvement and that leads to self-preoccupation.
- Coitus interruptus.
withdrawal - Science Definition
Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance. The symptoms of withdrawal include headache, diarrhea, and tremors and can range from mild to life threatening, depending on the extent of the body's reliance on the addictive substance.