[ verb ] formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
"He retracted his earlier statements about his religion" "She abjured her beliefs"
Used in print(The Detroit News...)
However , the confession , which was the only evidence against him , was retracted before the trial .(Dale L. Womble, "Functional Marriage Course...)
Incidentally , it needs to be noted that because auditors were permitted the section began increasing in numbers each_week , until at_last it swelled to such proportions that this `` free '' auditing policy had to be retracted .