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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 The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed,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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Are there grounds for legal proceedings if an author sues a journal for retracting, or refusing to retract, a publication?
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.
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Some of the Palestinian dissidents have agreed to retract a public accusation that Arafat is personally responsible for any wrongdoing.
The EU notified the Japanese government on Thursday that it will retract its complaint with the WTO over the Japanese government's introduction of tariffs on rice, the official said.
Baltimore, ever reluctant to admit to any error in judgment, told The New York Times that he was planning to retract his retraction.
The foreskin may retract during erections, which occur normally from birth on and even during fetal life.
BBM users can Retract their message and pictures from recipients to take them back from their phone if they were sent as a mistake, or if they no longer wish them to be accessible.
Scholarly journals sometimes retract articles because they are subsequently found to have serious flaws that undermine the reliability of the data or results, or because they involve research misconduct, such as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism [1, 2].