re·​dac·​tion | \ ri-ˈdak-shən How to pronounce redaction (audio) \

Definition of redaction

1 : an act or instance of redacting something
2 : a work that has been redacted : edition, version

Other Words from redaction

redactional \ ri-​ˈdak-​shnəl How to pronounce redaction (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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 DeWine administration justified the redactions on the grounds of attorney-client privilege and an exemption allowing redaction of trade secrets. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 5 May 2022 In its volume and its lack of editing and redaction, the information dump is difficult not to see as something more than disclosure. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 There’s also newer software that allows for video redaction to edit faces, juveniles, audio and social security numbers. John Benson, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2022 Payment will not be required until the video redaction is complete and ready to be delivered. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2022 Lara Yeretsian, a high-profile criminal defense attorney, said a redaction of the victims’ names may not have been enough to protect their identities, given the case’s publicity and its involvement of children. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2022 Commissioners approved an extension of the contract with Axon through 2025 for new Tasers and automatic body camera video editing capability to meet legal requirements for redaction. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Feb. 2022 Then it will be delivered via email following redaction and review, according to the department. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2022 The investigation became public because of a botched redaction—one of several recent IRS privacy blunders. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of redaction

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redaction

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

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“Redaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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