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Doctor Factobend's Recantation in the Bird Basket at St Kilda, Scotland a plate from Dr Prosody (by William Combe 1821, ASIN: B007T2QPX8) at p248

Recantation means a personal public act of denial of a previously published opinion or belief , and is derived from the Latin retractionem (the nominative form of the verb retractio or the past participle of the noun retractareto, meaning "to pull back")

Philosophy[edit]

Philosophically recantation it is linked to a genuine change of opinion, often caused by a serious event which reveals a better or more complete representation of a presumed truth. For example, Recantation was the title of a 16th-century book by Bishop Augustine of Hippo correcting his former writings as a ordinary teacher of rhetoric prior to his becoming a cleric which he described as "a recantation of opinion with admission of error"

In classical Roman poetry, after deliberately describing something extravagantly or hyperbolically for memorable dramatic effect, recantation was used to briefly redefine the material subject fairly and honestly.

Religion[edit]

Religiously recantation may be required to avoid punishment or imposed to obtain pardon from a sin such as

In Protestantism, recantation may be requested by or ordered from an ecclesiastical authority such as a synod or ecumenical council

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Inquisition, Holy Office, or even on rare occasion the contemporary Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) required an act of renunciation to enforce an orthodoxy.

In a secular state if ordered to recant by religious authority, one who refused to recant may be anathematized or excommunicated or subject to social exclusion.

In a theocracy an order to recant may include threats of physical punishment such as prison or corporal punishment which may include death or lethal cruelty such as the burning at the stake suffered by Jeanne d'Arc.

Voltaire famously wrote in his novel Candide:

In this country of England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others!

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Baptist News Global
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:20:08 -0800

After recantation, LifeWay withdraws 'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven'. Alex Malarkey, whose account of visions of heaven during a near-death experience became a New York Times bestseller, now says he made up the story as a way to get attention.

CNN

CNN
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:10:28 -0800

"While it clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman, which was affirmed by the circuit court judge at initial appearances, the subsequent recantation by the (alleged) victim of her initial statement along with new documents ...

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The Week Magazine
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:15:00 -0800

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement.. precludes my office from proceeding further," Archer said in a statement. Zimmerman was arrested ...

WTSP 10 News

WTSP 10 News
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:48:45 -0800

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman which was affirmed by the circuit court judge at initial appearances, the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement along with new documents provided by ...

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The Week Magazine
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:36:06 -0800

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement.. precludes my office from proceeding further," Archer said in a statement. Zimmerman was arrested ...

MSNBC

MSNBC
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:07:30 -0800

State Attorney Phil Archer said in a statement that “the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement along with new documents provided by the victim and her attorney precludes my office from proceeding further.” Police said Zimmerman ...

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The Week Magazine
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:39:24 -0800

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement.. precludes my office from proceeding further," Archer said in a statement. Zimmerman was arrested ...

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The Week Magazine
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:07:30 -0800

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement.. precludes my office from proceeding further," Archer said in a statement. Zimmerman was arrested ...
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