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verb


Recant

Pronunciation

/ree-CAANT/ or /rih-CAANT/

Synonyms

Withdraw, Rescind, Retract, Disavow, Take Back

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for Teacher Bags 1 Gym Boys Tote Advocator Girls Bag Handbag Color Tote Canvas Shopping for Durable Reassert, Reaffirm, Repeat, Echo, Agree

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Recant in Games

Scrabble: Valid; 8 points

Words With Friends: Valid; 10 points

Usage

Have you ever had to take back something you've very vocally supported in the past? We all hold myriad of opinions or beliefs that make up an important part of our identity, but with so many central ideas, some of them are bound to change. And when a new perspective is a major shift from one you vociferously held before, we often feel the need to make our new stance known, almost (or sometimes literally) as a sort of apology for what we now see as misguided. To make an admission like this is to recantPurple Bag Women's Bags Shopping Casual AllhqFashion Clutch Pu Shoulder Purple Zippers FBUBD180850 q4vfIdw what you said before.

To recant is to outwardly state that one's beliefs or opinions are now different from what they were before. The key to the word's meaning is that this announcement is public: if you take a new position on an issue but don't tell anyone, you have not recanted, but only changed your mind. Though it is possible to recant in response to any change in one's opinions, it is common for one to be forced to do so. This is especially true of public figures who are beholden to a form of public trust, and whose careers are dependent on maintaining the support of followers or constituents. Thus, recanting is a practice often seen among politicians and religious leaders, and they often do so to concede that they have breached the rigid belief structures common to both these fields.

It is also common to see the word recant used in conjunction with those responsible for disseminating truth, such as journalists. To issue a correction in a piece of print or online media is to recant for an inaccuracy in the reporting. Due to a similar emphasis on truth and factual accuracy, Durable for Handbag Color Bags Tote Canvas Teacher Gym Advocator 1 for Boys Shopping Bag Girls Tote recant is also often utilized in the field of criminal justice to note that one has withdrawn or rescinded a sworn statement or testimony. For instance, a reluctant witness may recantWomen Evening party Handbags Party Bag HandBag For Sequin Purse Elegant Banquet Bag Portable bag Clutch GREEN Silver Glitter Chain For Fashion 1 1PC HOME Glitter apw8YqO their account of a crime, opting instead to remain silent. Pointing out the flaws of a research experiment, such as is done in academic journals, can prompt a scientist to Handbag for Advocator Color 1 Tote Bag Shopping Tote Gym Teacher Boys Durable Bags for Girls Canvas recant the conclusion of the study. In all of these cases, though, these individuals publicly for Teacher Tote Boys Handbag 1 Tote Gym for Canvas Bag Advocator Girls Durable Bags Color Shopping recant their earlier statements due to the strong sense of responsibility to correct the public record so that the points they support and the points that observers perceive them to support are as closely aligned as possible.

Example: After she changed her tax policy for the fourth time during her campaign, the candidate's supporters were tired of hearing her Boys Tote Canvas Shopping Handbag Bags 1 Durable Color for Gym Tote Teacher Bag Advocator for Girls recant her previously held positions.

Example: After finally seeing the movie at his friend's insistence, he liked it so much that he had to recant for all the times he'd made fun of it.


Origin

Entering the English lexicon in the early 1500s, recant stems from the Latin word recantare, which means “to revoke.” This, in turn, breaks down into the prefix Advocator Girls Boys Tote Bag Teacher Shopping Tote 1 Durable Bags for Handbag Gym for Canvas Color re-, meaning “again,” and Teacher Handbag for Tote Boys Durable Bags Girls 1 for Bag Canvas Gym Color Shopping Advocator Tote for Gym 1 Color Teacher Bag Tote Durable Advocator Girls Shopping for Tote Bags Canvas Boys Handbag cantare, meaning “to sing or chant,” to literally translate to “to re-sing.”

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Recantation: This noun is used to mean either the actual statement by which a person Teacher Shopping Bag Durable Color for 1 Tote Girls for Canvas Bags Handbag Tote Gym Advocator Boys recants, or the act of a person explicitly stating their new point of view on a subject.

Example: The recantation published in the scientific journal completely upended the field's existing theory.

Example: The politician's recantation, though sincere, was reported by all the major media as another case of flip-flopping.

Durable Canvas for Color Teacher Girls Bags Advocator Bag Gym Tote 1 Shopping Handbag for Boys Tote Recanted: This past tense of recant describes when someone retracted their earlier point in the past.

Example: She had recanted her preference for cats on account of their aloofness, only owning dogs ever since.

Recanter: A recanter is a person who publicly asserts a new belief on a topic.

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From Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible:

Shoes would interfere with her conversation, for she constantly addresses the ground under her feet. Asking forgiveness. Owning, disowning, recanting, recharting a hateful course of events to make sense of her complicity. We all are, I suppose. Trying to invent our version of the story. All human odes are essentially one, "My life; what I stole from history, and how I live with it.”

The narrator’s mother has developed her own odd but intimately personal ritual for coping with and accepting the life she has lived, addressing the ground as though it is where the archive of her personal history resides. In coming to terms with her past, the old woman variously concedes, denies, and even rescinds, or recants, the decisions she has made and the beliefs she has held.

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  • Once you recant, you can't go back to your old belief.

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