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recant

verb [I or T] uk   /rɪˈkænt/ formal us  
to announce in public that your past beliefs or statements were wrong and that you no longer agree with them: After a year spent in solitary confinement, he publicly recanted (his views).Denying and contradicting
recantation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌriː.kænˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
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