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

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Other Words from redaction

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

Examples of redaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The documents contain redactions and are full of Boeing jargon. Washington Post, "Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA," 10 Jan. 2020 More than 150 pages were published in the latest batch, with redactions. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "DOJ lawyer says FBI notes on Jared Kushner interviews withheld for review," 22 Jan. 2020 The commission does have data from the first two quarters of the year, but the reports contain so much personal information that it can’t be published online until staff makes painstaking redactions, McNally said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission struggles with huge sets of data, time-consuming work on stop-and-frisk reforms," 10 Jan. 2020 The Pentagon ultimately backed down, approving the manuscript with just minor redactions in September. Lara Seligman, Washington Post, "Watching Jim Mattis’s slow slide into irrelevance," 23 Oct. 2019 Schiff has indicated that transcripts will be released with redactions for classified or sensitive information, but only at a time that won’t interrupt the investigation. Los Angeles Times, "Democrats’ hope for a quick impeachment is looking a bit more complicated," 17 Oct. 2019 The body camera footage has some sound and visual redactions throughout, so parts of the conversation between the officers and Ransom may be missing. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Bodycam video shows moments before police takedown in West End traffic stop," 6 Jan. 2020 Families do not necessarily appreciate the redactions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jail deaths are routinely investigated, but public findings are hard to come by," 24 Sep. 2019 The letter references reporting by The Denver Post about the federal fund as well as the redaction of Grueskin’s firm’s name on payments in the state’s financial transparency database. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado lawmakers vote down request to investigate if Hickenlooper misused federal fund," 9 Dec. 2019

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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 24 Feb. 2020.

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