Definitions for: Recant

[v] formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*cant", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recanted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Recanting.] [L. recantare, recantatum, to recall,
recant; pref. re- re- + cantare to sing, to sound. See 3d
Cant, Chant.]
To withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions
formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration;
to take back openly; to retract; to recall.

How soon . . . ease would recant Vows made in pain, as
violent and void! --Milton.

Syn: To retract; recall; revoke; abjure; disown; disavow. See

Re*cant", v. i.
To revoke a declaration or proposition; to unsay what has
been said; to retract; as, convince me that I am wrong, and I
will recant. --Dryden.

Synonyms: abjure, forswear, resile, retract

See Also: renounce, repudiate

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