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Definitions for recantation
ˌri kænˈteɪ ʃənre·can·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retraction, abjuration, recantationnoun

    a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion


  1. recantationnoun

    the act of recanting or something recanted

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recantationnoun

    Retractation; declaration contradictory to a former declaration.

    Etymology: from recant.

    She could not see means to join this recantation to the former vow. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The poor man was imprisoned for this discovery, and forced to make a publick recantation. Edward Stillingfleet.


  1. Recantation

    Recantation means a personal public act of denial of a previously published opinion or belief. It is derived from the Latin "re cantare", to re-sing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recantationnoun

    the act of recanting; a declaration that contradicts a former one; that which is thus asserted in contradiction; retraction


  1. Recantation

    The verb recant, and its derivative noun recantation, can mean: ⁕To formally abandon a belief or a particular statement of belief, generally under order from an ecclesiastical authority to enforce an orthodoxy. If ordered to recant by such an ecclesiastical authority, one who refused to recant is anathematized or excommunicated. Sometimes the order included threats of physical punishment. ⁕In classical Roman poetry, after describing something hyperbolically, to briefly re-describe it without the exaggeration. ⁕Or see revocation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recantation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recantation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of recantation in a Sentence

  1. Florida State Attorney Phil Archer:

    While it clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. George Zimmerman, which was affirmed by the circuit court judge at initial appearances, the subsequent recantation by the( alleged) victim of her initial statement along with new documents provided by the victim and her attorney precludes my office from proceeding further.

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