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Dictionary definition for: Resile

1. (v) draw back from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.; "The landlord cannot resile from the lease"

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

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

4. (v) return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed; "The rubber tubes resile"

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