Definition of retraction :
1. The act of retracting or shortening; as, the retraction of a severed muscle; the retraction of a sinew.
2. The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.
3. The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation.
4. 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)
disavowal, neutralization, elimination, abnegation, destruction, extinguishment, cancellation, dissolution, disaffirmation, eradication, obliteration, dismissal, rejection, nullification, abolition, invalidation, disclamation, negation, abolishment, undoing, revocation, refutation, withdrawal, divorce, deletion, annulment, denial, repudiation
- 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.
- But this, too, was no real retraction of his error. - "Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church", Friedrich Bente.
- In basal meningitis, temporary squinting due to irritation of the ocular muscles, retraction of the head, and an excessively high temperature are usually prominent features. - "Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.", Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson.