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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However, Robart's order explaining his reasoning is temporarily sealed to give parties to the case time to confer about whether portions of the order need to be redacted. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge deals blow to women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination," 26 June 2018 Still, the Pennsylvania judge who oversaw the grand jury’s inquiry unsealed an opinion this month that revealed a behind-the-scenes legal fight by unnamed individuals or organizations to redact or change its report., "Pa. report to document child sexual abuse, cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses," 17 June 2018 The judge's order ultimately allowed for A New Missouri to redact information from the documents that pertain to identities of those who contributed, but the fear among the donors remained. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "House says Greitens’ nonprofit must comply with judge’s order and turn over records," 31 May 2018 Before the final vote, the council first defeated an amendment by Baker to redact that part of the report that was advice to the city from former labor lawyer Craig Lange, who compiled the report under the principal of attorney-client privilege. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Troy to release report on fired city manager Kischnick," 9 Apr. 2018 Madigan said the change in format is the result of new software that the county bought to help sort the large volume of material being sought relating to the corruption probe and to redact exempt information. Robert Higgs,, "Cuyahoga County blocking public view of some email materials sought by corruption investigators," 5 Apr. 2018 If academics were to turn over the raw data to be made available for public review, the agency would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a federal estimate, to redact private information. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "The E.P.A. Says It Wants Research Transparency. Scientists See an Attack on Science.," 26 Mar. 2018 The name of the player and his mother are both redacted from the documents released this week by school officials. Dave Altimari,, "Former UConn Basketball Assistant Makes Serious Accusations Regarding Kevin Ollie In NCAA Investigation Testimony," 22 June 2018 All specifics were redacted except for three paragraphs of an April 6 meeting. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Denial, delay and redactions: Our quest to get minutes of CMS board’s closed meetings | Charlotte Observer," 12 Mar. 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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