resile (v.)

  1. pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.; The landlord cannot resile from the lease'

  2. spring back; spring away from an impact; The rubber ball bounced; These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide

    [ Syn: bounce , take a hop , spring , bound , rebound , recoil , reverberate , ricochet ]

  3. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; He retracted his earlier statements about his religion; She abjured her beliefs

    [ Syn: abjure , recant , forswear , retract ]

  4. return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed; The rubber tubes resile'

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