Retractate vs. Recant: What's the Difference?
Retractate and Recant Definitions
(obsolete) To retract; to recant.
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
To retract; to recant.
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief.
(ambitransitive) To withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.
Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant.
To give a new cant (slant, angle) to something, in particular railway track on a curve.
To withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall.
How soon . . . ease would recantVows made in pain, as violent and void!
To revoke a declaration or proposition; to unsay what has been said; to retract; as, convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant.
Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure;
He retracted his earlier statements about his religion
She abjured her beliefs