re·​dac·​tion ri-ˈdak-shən How to pronounce redaction (audio)
: an act or instance of redacting something
: a work that has been redacted : edition, version
ri-ˈdak-shnəl How to pronounce redaction (audio)

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Here's a quiz for all you etymology buffs. Can you pick the words from the following list that come from the same Latin root?

A. redaction B. prodigal C. agent D. essay
E. navigate F. ambiguous

If you guessed all of them, you are right. Now, for bonus points, name the Latin root that they all have in common. If you knew that it is the verb agere, meaning to "to drive, lead, act, or do," you get an A+. Redaction is from the Latin verb redigere ("to bring back" or "to reduce"), which was formed by adding the prefix red- (meaning "back") to agere. Some other agere offspring include act, agenda, cogent, litigate, chasten, agile, and transact.

Examples of redaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The redaction of these stories in our cultural folklore supports an enterprise that erases Black people from American history, and this is the part that's most critical for marketers. Dr. Marcus Collins, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Officials made several copies of the version with the redactions, which some Trump aides planned to release publicly. Jonathan Swan, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2023 Doe 107 cited physical danger in her home country, and the Herald agreed to maintain that redaction. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 The judge later ordered Giuffre's deposition to be stricken from the record and re-filed with new redactions. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2024 Meta agreed to lift most of the redactions, while the states agreed to Meta's request to continue redacting the names of certain employees, a court filing on Wednesday said. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 27 Nov. 2023 Business Insider reported that Doe 183 is connected to Les Wexner, the Midwestern billionaire behind Victoria’s Secret with links to Epstein whose legal team has waged a battle for redactions. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 Arey said any public report on the findings of those types of records may have to include redactions. Neal Earley,, 9 Nov. 2023 But the same appellate panel on Wednesday exposed many of those messages by unsealing that lower court judge’s 51-page opinion, previously available only with heavy redactions. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


French rédaction, from Late Latin redaction-, redactio act of reducing, compressing, from Latin redigere to bring back, reduce, from re-, red- re- + agere to lead — more at agent

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of redaction was in 1785


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Cite this Entry

“Redaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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