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ree kant

  • v  formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

  • Galileo, was forced to recant the scientific truths he had once discovered.
  • Adam recanted his earlier story but his new story about suffering from an unknown disease convinced no one.
  • Human rights activists are under pressure to recant anything good they have said about the rebels after it became known that the rebels were behind the horrendous carnage of Saturday.
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  • Mark Shurtleff in ABC News
    We've had them come out and make statements, and then they disappear, or they recant,Shurtleff said.
  • Abraham Foxman in FOXNews
    This is another sham statement that doesn't recant any of his earlier remarks about the Holocaust,said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. "Bishop Williamson must unequivocally acknowledge the full extent of...
  • Dick Durbin in Washington Post
    Here's a man who's been through rough sledding,said Durbin, D-Ill. "He's said some things on Capitol Hill he's had to recant. He has a staff who's said there are things being done at the Department of Justice that shouldn't be done, and...

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