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The act by which a plaintiff withdraws his suit; it is so called from the fact that this was the principal word used when the law entries were in Latin.
A retraxit differs from a nonsuit, the former being the act of the plain-tiff himself, for it cannot even be entered by attorney and it must be after declaration filed while the latter occurs in consequence of the neglect merely of the plaintiff. A retraxit also differs from a nolle prosequi. The effect of a retraxit is a bar to all actions of a like or a similar nature.