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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 The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed,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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Septiemement, la plupart des decisions adverses, sinon toutes, sont portees en appel par la partie querulente, ou font l'objet de demandes de revision ou de retractation. Enfin, huitiemement, comme on l'a deja note, le justiciable querulent se represente seul.
His great error, both as an editor and a Critic, was too fond an acquiescence in his first thoughts and a stubborn unyielding temper that would not allow him to submit to the slightest Retractation. (45) It would be interesting to know just what the writer had in mind here.
Le heros est finalement declare "homme" et condamne apres la troisieme audience a "l'amande honteuse," c'est-a-dire la retractation publique de ses convictions.
Scholars have long disputed about exactly how Andreas' project should be taken: is it a central text for the construction of the new code of |courtly love', followed by a retractation made for reasons of religious orthodoxy, or is it from the first more duplicitous, parodic or satiric, or even grimly and austerely Augustinian?
Das Versuch in 'Sein and Zeit' 70, die Raumlichkeit des Daseins auf die Zeitlichkeit zuruckzufuhren, la|ss^t sich nicht halten,"(16) Given the fact that Heidegger often engages in self-interpretations of a highly adventurous sort, with the obvious intention to smooth the breaks between earlier and later phases in his development, this candid retractation is highly surprising, and it is not an unlikely hypothesis that it points to a fundamental problem left unresolved in the earlier works.
Parmi les mesures les plus importantes, on trouve les mesures contre les clauses abusives, le droit a l'information (afin de permettre au consommateur de faire un choix rationnel et bien reflechi), le droit de retractation (sauf qu'il ne concerne que les credits et les ventes a distance), ainsi que le delai de garantie et le delai de grace.
Le signal fort de la retractation d'Ankara, l'allie devenu encombrant, est apparu, a l'appel du president americain, Barack Obama, privilegiant les mesures d'apaisement regional necessaire mais juge insuffisant par la Ligue arabe qui exige le retrait pur et simple des troupes turques d'Irak.