- 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.
- 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...