Definition of retraction:
- The act of retracting or shortening; as, the retraction of a severed muscle; the retraction of a sinew.
- The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.
- The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation.
- The state or condition of a part when drawn back, or towards the center of the body.
forswearing, rescindment, recantation, stand-down, palinode, disowning, contradiction, reneging, abjuration, about-face, accept, negative, renouncing, gainsaying, backing down, reversal, contraversion, unsaying, recall, disclaimer, quashing, retractation, backpedaling, abrogation, setting aside.
annulment (part of speech: noun)
So when the reputed author- the article being anonymous- was, in 1849, proposed as a Fellow of the Astronomical Society, I joined- if I remember right, I originated- an opposition to his election, until either the authorship should be denied, or a proper retraction made.- "A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)", Augustus de Morgan.
- "Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church", Friedrich Bente.
- "Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.", Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson.