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recant (verb), recants; recanted; recanting
1. To formally reject or to disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure: The witness was pressured to recant her testimony in court.
2. To deny believing in something or to withdraw something previously said: When confronted with new evidence, the spy recanted her evidence which had sounded so believable before.
3. To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief: The senator agreed to recant his allegations about the President and signed a formal statement indicating his new position.
4. Etymology: from about 1535, from Latin recantare, "to recall, to revoke"; from re-, "back" + cantare, "to sing, to chant".

A loan-translation of Greek palinoidein, "recant", from palin, "back" + oeidein, "to sing".

To openly take back or to retract a promise.
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To withdraw a statement or belief that was formerly thought to be true.
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This entry is located in the following units: -ant, -ants (page 9) cant-, chant- (page 3) re-, red- (page 1)
Word Entries at Get Words: “recant
To take back a statement, belief, or a promise; to change one's mind. (2)