Recant Definition

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To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
American Heritage
To withdraw or renounce (beliefs or statements formerly held), esp. in a formal or public manner.
Webster's New World

Origin of Recant

  • First attested in 1535, from Latin recantare, present active infinitive of recanto (“to sing back, reecho, sing again, repeat in singing, recant, recall, revoke, charm back or away"), from re- (“back") + canto (“to chant, to sing"), frequentative of cano.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin recantāre re- re- cantāre to sing frequentative of canere kan- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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