re·treat n: the act or process of withdrawing from a dangerous situation◇ Many jurisdictions require that a person must have at least attempted a retreat, if it was possible to do so with safety, in order for a defense of self-defense to prevail. Retreat from an attack in one's own home, however, is usu. not required.retreat vb
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
abandon, back away, back out, backtrack, bolt, decamp, depart, desert, disengage, draw back, ebb, escape, evacuate, fall back, fall to the rear, flee, fugere, give way, go away, go back, leave, lose ground, make oneself scarce, move back, pedem referre, pull back, quit, recede, recoil, regrade, remove oneself, retire, retrocede, reverse, run away, rusticate, se recipere, seclude oneself, shrink, slip away, take flight, turn tail, vacate, withdraw
abandon (physically leave), abandon (withdraw), asylum (hiding place), avoid (evade), avoidance (evasion), chamber (compartment), decline, disappear, ebb, evacuate, flee, flight, give (yield), haven, leave (absence), leave (depart), part (leave), privacy, quit (evacuate), refuge, removal, renege, resign, return (go back), revert, seclude, shelter (protection), vacate (leave), withdraw
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To back up; to withdraw oneself from a difficult or dangerous situation.n.The act of backing up or withdrawing.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.