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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 The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed,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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By retracting the bumper, the car will become a bit "shorter" and more capable of making tighter turns without hitting other vehicles or obstructions on the road.
The sidebar on page 11 discusses them in more detail, but they include circuitry to help prevent the gear from retracting on the ground, some kind of alternate extension system, a warning system--often the same horn as the stall warning, but modulated--and landing gear position indicators of some kind.
Based on this extra screening, new names of fake reviewers were detected and in order to clean up our scientific records, we will now start retracting these affected articles.
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But he said he had no intention of retracting his other controversial comment - that the use of wartime sex slaves was necessary to provide "comfort" for soldiers risking their lives in battle.
Moreover, Steen found evidence that "authors of fraudulent retracted papers appear to target journals with a high [impact factor], often have several other retracted papers, tend to diffuse responsibility across [four or more] co-authors, delay retracting fraudulent papers, and collaborate with co-authors who also have other retracted papers."
Even if this is a "normal" condition of this mechanism design, I also wonder about firing pin tip wear/ breakage, or worse, getting "peenedover" preventing it from retracting completely, resulting in slam fires.
Last November a woman from Wales was freed on appeal after being jailed for retracting allegations that she had been raped.
They started to redeploy 7s after the jet became airborne - as the undercarriage was retracting, at a height of 56ft - and were fully extended 9s later.
A safety feature, SRM eliminates the risk of retracting the screen too quickly, which could cause damage to the unit.
Or try the Oak Finish Retracting Door Hideaway, pounds 146.79 (, 0845 640 3030, H150x W88xD50cm).