Withdrawal definition

wĭth-drôəl, wĭth-
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The act or process of withdrawing, as:
  • A retreat or retirement.
    The dinner guests' withdrawal to the den.
  • The removal of people from a place, as in the removal of troops from a military position.
  • Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.
  • A removal of something that has been deposited, as in an account.
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A type of metabolic shock the body undergoes when a substance, usually a toxin such as heroin, to which a patient is addicted is withheld. Sometimes used with the substance as modifier.

Heroin withdrawal.

Nicotine withdrawal.

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The act or an instance of retracting or revoking.

Feared the withdrawal of his parents' permission.

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The act of withdrawing.
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An act of withdrawing.
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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.

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Coitus interruptus.
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Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.
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Discontinuance of the use of a drug or other substance, especially one that is addictive.
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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.
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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 (withdrawal symptoms)
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The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.

Is going through withdrawal.

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Coitus interruptus.
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The physiological and mental reaction to such discontinuance, often characterized by distressing symptoms.

Is going through withdrawal from opioids.

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Receiving from someone's care what one has earlier entrusted to them. Usually refers to money.
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A method of birth control which consists of removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
withdrawal
Plural:
withdrawals

Origin of withdrawal

  • From withdraw +"Ž -al.

    From Wiktionary