1 draw back 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"