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Noun: withdrawal  widh'dro(-u)l
  1. A retraction of a previously held position
    - backdown, climb-down
  2. The act of taking out money or other capital
  3. The act of withdrawing
    "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"
  4. Avoiding emotional involvement
    - detachment
  5. The act of withdrawing blood, tumors, etc.
    "the nurse was expert at the withdrawal of blood"
  6. The act of ceasing to participate in an activity
  7. A method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation
    - coitus interruptus, withdrawal method, pulling out, onanism [formal]
  8. Formal separation from an alliance or federation
    - secession
  9. The termination of drug taking
    - drug withdrawal

Derived forms: withdrawals

Type of: abjuration, birth control, birth prevention, conclusion, departure, ending, family planning, going, going away, indifference, leaving, recantation, remotion, removal, retraction, separation, termination

Encyclopedia: Withdrawal