The difference between Abrogate and Retract

When used as verbs, abrogate means to annul by an authoritative act, whereas retract means to pull back inside.

Abrogate is also adjective with the meaning: abrogated.

check bellow for the other definitions of Abrogate and Retract

  1. Abrogate as a verb (transitive):

    To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or her or his successor; to repeal; — applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.

  2. Abrogate as a verb (transitive):

    To put an end to; to do away with.

  3. Abrogate as a verb (molecular biology, transitive):

    To block a process or function.

  1. Abrogate as an adjective (archaic):

    Abrogated; abolished.

  1. Retract as a verb (transitive):

    To pull back inside.


    "An airplane retracts its wheels for flight."

  2. Retract as a verb (ambitransitive):

    To draw back; to draw up.


    "Muscles retract after amputation."

    "A cat can retract its claws."

  3. Retract as a verb (transitive):

    To take back or withdraw something one has said.


    "I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won't sue me."

  4. Retract as a verb:

    To take back, as a grant or favour previously bestowed; to revoke.


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