retraction
re·trac·tion /ri-'trak-shən/ n: an act of taking back or withdrawing
retraction of a confession
her retraction of the defamatory statement

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

retraction
I noun abjuration, abolishment, annulment, cancellation, contradiction, countermand, counterorder, disannulment, disavowal, gainsaying, negation, nullification, palinode, recall, recantation, recision, renunciation, repeal, repudiation, rescindment, retractation reversal, revocation, taking back, unsaying, voidance, withdrawal associated concepts: retraction of erroneous or defamatory statements II index abjuration, abolition, ademption, annulment, breach, cancellation, correction (change), countermand, defeasance, denial, negation, renunciation, repudiation, rescision, reversal, revocation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


retraction
To disavow or take back. This may include:
1) withdrawing a confession or legal document in a lawsuit or other proceeding;
2) withdrawing a promise or offer of contract; or
3) correcting any untruth published or broadcast in the media, usually upon the demand of the person about whom the damaging false statement was made. A clear and complete retraction will usually end the right of the defamed party to go forward with a libel lawsuit. In most states the plaintiff must request a retraction before filing suit, in order to give the defendant a chance to cure the problem without litigation.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


retraction
n. The act of taking back or withdrawing (a statement, a plea, an accusation, or a condition of a contract); the withdrawing or taking back of a renunciation.
See also renunciation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


retraction
In the law of defamation, a formal recanting of the libelous or slanderous material.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


retraction
In the law of defamation, a formal recanting of the libelous or slanderous material.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

retraction
n.
   1) to withdraw any legal document in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding, or withdraw a promise or offer of contract.
   2) in defamation, particularly libel, the correction of any untruth published in a newspaper or magazine or broadcast on radio or television, usually upon the demand of the person about whom the damaging false statement was made. A clear and complete retraction will usually end the right of the defamed party to go forward with a lawsuit for damages for libel. In most states a retraction must be demanded before the suit is filed in order to cure the problem without litigation.
   See also: defamation, libel

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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