AskDefine | Define recantation

Dictionary Definition

recantation n : a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion [syn: retraction, abjuration]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the act of recanting or something recanted

Extensive Definition

The verb recant , and its derivative noun recantation, can mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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