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[n] the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back; "the retraction of the landing gear"; "retraction of the foreskin"
[n] a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion

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\Re*trac"tion\, n. [Cf. F. r['e]traction, L. retractio a drawing back, hesitation.]
1. The act of retracting, or drawing back; the state of being retracted; as, the retraction of a cat's claws.
2. The act of withdrawing something advanced, stated, claimed, or done; declaration of change of opinion; recantation. Other men's insatiable desire of revenge hath wholly beguiled both church and state of the benefit of all my either retractions or ?oncessions. --Eikon Basilike.
3. (Physiol.) (a) The act of retracting or shortening; as, the retraction of a severed muscle; the retraction of a sinew. (b) The state or condition of a part when drawn back, or towards the center of the body.

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