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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 The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed,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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Does the policy include procedures for retracting articles, such as linking the retraction to the original article in databases, marking the original article as retracted, and so on?
Justice Minister David Ford said it is not a peace wall and believes it will be retracted for most of the year.
Also, the fact that fully or partially retracted stylets in psyllid nymphs are visible externally, unlike the case in adults, makes larger nymphs ideal for studying the feeding mechanism and stylet movement of ACP and other psyllids in future research on this economically important group of hemipteran insects.
An Egyptian TV station has retracted a report which suggested a former second-in-command of Egypt's military has fled to Abu Dhabi.
Operators, follow the word in TM 5-3805-248-14&P-1 when you check the hydraulic oil with the scraper idling and the cylinders retracted. Checking oil that way saves seals and the hydraulic reservoir's sight glass by making sure you don't overfill the reservoir.
Most retracted studies are withdrawn because of authors' unintentional errors, but an increasing number result from deliberate fraud.
And since many scientists now read PDF files rather than go to the original source, even research that has been retracted may remain in circulation.
The PEM spinning clinch bolts for thin metal panels have a self-retracting feature enabling the fastener's captive screw to remain retracted when disengaged.
In February, Lancet formally retracted a 1998 study that had kindled a storm of opposition to vaccines (SN Online: 2/3/10).
British Airways, Boeing South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority has praised the airmanship of British Airways Boeing 747-400 pilots who battled to prevent a low-altitude stall after the leading-edge slats unexpectedly retracted during lift-off from Johannesburg.
Study linking autism to vaccine retracted. The British medical journal The Lancet has retracted a 1998 study suggesting a link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, reports USA Today.
A major British medical journal has retracted a flawed study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.