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TO RETRACT. To withdraw a proposition or offer before it has been accepted.
     2. This the party making it has a right to do is long as it has not been accepted; for no principle of law or equity can, under these circumstances, require him to persevere in it.
     3. The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed, before the other has acquired any existence; there can therefore be no agreement. 16 Toull. 55.
     4. After pleading guilty, a defendant will, in certain cases where he has entered that plea by mistake or in consequence of some error, be allowed to retract it. But where a prisoner pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny, and sentence has been passed upon him, he will not be allowed to retract his plea, and plead not guilty. 9 C. & P. 346; S. C. 38 E. C. L. R. 146; Dig. 12, 4, 5.

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Authors who disagree with a retraction (or whose requestto retract a publication is refused) sometimes threaten journal editors with legal action.
There is a question about the quality of information in the press release, and the responsible thing to do was to retract claims made in the press release.
In July 2004, a United Airlines A320 had to make an unscheduled landing because the pilots couldn't retract the nose landing gear after it failed to center.
Our interim guidance aims to protect individuals who retract a truthful allegation as a result of pressure or fear of violence, while taking a firm approach to those who make a malicious allegation.
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Retract the bolt just enough to insert the NO FIRE gauge with the beveled edge against the barrel notches.
If Newsweek had to retract its article due to ``faulty intelligence,'' then I think it only fair that the Bush administration retract its war for the same reason.
If the weather is changeable, the driver can retract the glass sliding roof back over the rear window, and by going over the rear window, headroom is not compromised.
THE sister of a convicted murderer who was alleged to have tried to force a witness to retract a statement will not face trial.
The jaws of this retractable jaw chuck extend and retract to enable the turning of shafts in a single operation and also compensate for part irregularities.
However, I retract those comments fully and offer my full apology to the owners.
Mr Lenihan was forced to make a visit to the Dail chamber to retract his remarks officially.