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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")


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.


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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The Missoulian
Sun, 24 May 2015 10:37:30 -0700

The man later reneged on that recantation, saying officials with the Montana Innocence Project who were helping Marble had badgered him into it. He shot and killed himself during a police standoff last year in Havre. A district judge rejected Marble's ...
Montana Standard
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:10:57 -0700

The victim's recantation in 2010 and then contradictory sworn statement that the rape did occur at a Missoula juvenile jail in 2002 show the alleged victim is “absolutely and completely an incredible witness,” said Colin Stephens, and a jury should be ...
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:18:27 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima does not seem to buy the recantation of a witness in the bribery charge against the Ampatuans and several Department of Justice (DOJ) officials and prosecutors. De Lima said Friday she has directed ...

Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)
Mon, 25 May 2015 22:03:45 -0700

There is a variety of reasons for this, not the least of which is that recantation is indeed one aspect of the process of disclosure. We do have an impressive legal and child protection framework, as well as committed individuals working to resolve the ...
Fox 28
Thu, 21 May 2015 11:48:26 -0700

"That's not evidence of a recantation, that's evidence that someone's tampered with a witness," said Chistopher Kinsler, assistant Ohio Attorney General. Kruse was in Kuwait when he was charged in 2012. He was arrested at the airport on his return. His ...


Tue, 12 May 2015 07:03:45 -0700

"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 ...

New York Law Journal (registration)

New York Law Journal (registration)
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 -0700

Nicolazzi, chief of the Homicide Bureau, claimed Giuca's bid was primarily based on a 2013 recantation of prosecution witness, John Avitto. Giuca claimed prosecutors failed to meet their Brady obligations by "suppressing" Nicolazzi's intervention in ...


Fri, 15 May 2015 08:41:48 -0700

Although two witnesses recanted their identifications of him as the gunman, a state Superior Court panel has upheld a Harrisburg man's convictions and 17- to 34-year prison term for a robbery and shooting. "Witness recantation occurs not infrequently ...

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