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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 The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed,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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Retraction notices often don't explain why a study is being withdrawn, or they cover up the real reason for pulling a paper, says study coauthor Arturo Casadevall, a microbiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and editor of the journal mBio.
Researchers try to protect their labs and their reputations, and these retractions are written in such a way that you often don't know what really happened.
Those 315 articles, however, were cited 3942 times before retraction and 4501 times after being withdrawn; scientists were using these flawed, withdrawn studies to support their own research.
Partial retractions are not helpful because they make it difficult for readers to determine the status of the article and which parts may be relied upon.
1,2) Some studies have shown that this procedure reduces the risk of the development of cholesteatoma, but others have shown that repeated procedures are associated with the development of not only cholesteatomas, but also retraction pockets and tympanic membrane perforations.
But not everyone thought such a prominent and lengthy retraction was justified, especially the reporters who covered the story.
2-4) Specifically, some contend that ventilation of the middle ear and mechanical reduction or excision of the retraction pocket with close follow-up may be successful, given these children's potential for maturational improvement in eustachian tube function.
Hollinger is presently honouring retractions of its Series II Shares which are effected by Hollinger delivering 0.
In the period since October 28, 2004 until January 25, 2005, Hollinger has delivered 9,637 shares of Class A Common Stock of International pursuant to the retractions of its Series II Shares.
Since October 28, 2004 and up until December 17, 2004, Hollinger has delivered 9,637 Class A Common Stock of International pursuant to the retractions of its Series II Shares.
Hollinger determined, effective as of October 28, 2004, to honour retractions of its Series II Shares.
25 since August 19, 2004 though such retractions have been suspended.