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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 The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed,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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Some of these may include rubbery hand, low stretch and low retractive force/recovery.
The tension during tire service can be simulated by measuring in a shrinkage tester the total retractive force at 80[degrees]C and then 25[degrees]C to represent high-speed operation and parking.
When tires are used at high speed, the need for retractive force should be proportional to the squared velocity of the car.
The BT cord is three times less sensitive to temperature and has a significantly higher retractive force over the overall range of temperature experienced during tire usage.
For example, increasing the net stretch during treating would increase the retractive force.
6 which makes this material valuable for cap ply applications is its high retractive force at elevated temperatures.
PEN's high retractive force and compressive modulus will make this material an excellent candidate for these applications.
Retractive force values were taken as the maximum of the retractive-force versus time curve at 177 [degrees] C.
Representative stress-strain curves for the three yarns studied are depicted in figure 1 and data derived from these traces are summarized in table 1, along with representative shrinkage and retractive force results.
Kurt Otto Hans Meyer (1883-1952), German teacher and scientist, who besides making many other contributions to chemistry, especially in the realm of natural products, was among the first to recognize, describe, and confirm experimentally that the principal origin of retractive forces in rubberlike materials is the improbability of extended configurations in thermally-agitated, long flexible molecules.
This allows manufacturers to process LYCRA [R] XA at stretch levels from 150 to 350 percent with essentially constant retractive force on the leg of the wearer.