1. withdrawal, backdown, climb-down, retraction, abjuration, recantation

usage: a retraction of a previously held position


1. back up, back off, back down, withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back

usage: move backwards from a certain position; "The bully had to back down"

2. chicken out, back off, pull out, back down, bow out, retire, withdraw

usage: remove oneself from an obligation; "He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"

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