recantation /ree'kan tay"sheuhn/, n.recanter, n.recantingly, adv.
/ri kant"/, v.t.
1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
2. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., esp. formally.
[1525-35; < L recantare to sing back, sing again, equiv. to re- RE- + cantare, freq. of canere to sing; cf. CHANT]
Syn. 1. revoke, recall, rescind, deny.

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