re·​dact | \ri-ˈdakt \
redacted; redacting; redacts

Definition of redact 

transitive verb

1 : to put in writing : frame

2 : to select or adapt (as by obscuring or removing sensitive information) for publication or release broadly : edit

3 : to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release

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Frankel and other defense lawyers say parts of Cruz’s statement are exempt from release under the state’s public records law, while other portions should be redacted out of sensitivity to the victims. Rafael Olmeda,, "Parkland shooter's lawyers and prosecutors debate release of confession," 9 June 2018 Details of the dispute are limited because other information was redacted from the emails that were produced for the Free Press. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "John Engler involved in MSU misstep, emails show," 8 June 2018 Congressional sources said that the likely reason the text was both redacted and unredacted was that the Justice Department sent over multiple document productions in a hasty and chaotic manner. Jeremy Herb, CNN, "From Reddit to Trump: How the President latched onto a conspiracy theory," 6 June 2018 The proposed rule adds language saying the exemption does not apply to settlements from Jan. 1, 2010 on, and specifically says names of judges and judicial officials can’t be redacted. Greg Moran,, "Proposed rule change would make all settlements involving judges public," 24 Apr. 2018 Other co-workers dismissed that talk as rumor and did not report his behavior to supervisors, according to the records, part of which were redacted. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Six months after a sex-crimes detective was fired, a woman still waits for justice," 16 Apr. 2018 The woman, whose name is redacted, had a theory about the attack. Will Hobson,, "Police reports detail three prior calls to LeSean McCoy's residence in Atlanta suburbs," 12 July 2018 The documents, while heavily redacted, were unsealed at the request of a lawyer representing the Times and other media outlets, and despite objections from DeAngelo’s defense team, the Times reports. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Investigators Collected the Suspected Golden State Killer's DNA While He Shopped at Hobby Lobby," 2 June 2018 The report said 26-year-old Marcus Leon James forced himself on the girl, whose age was redacted, inside an office at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Bumby Avenue about 11 p.m. Sunday. Jeff Weiner,, "Guard raped girl at juvenile jail in Orange County, Sheriff's Office says," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of redact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redact

Middle English, from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere

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