re·​dac·​tion | \ri-ˈdak-shən \

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, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Finally, the many redactions indicate that there’s still a whole lot going on behind the scenes that Mueller doesn’t yet want the public to know about. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "4 takeaways from Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Flynn," 5 Dec. 2018 Among the redactions are portions of footnote 43 in the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia report. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Who Is Michael Sussmann?," 11 Oct. 2018 Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, "House Intelligence Committee Republicans find "no evidence" of Trump campaign collusion," 27 Apr. 2018 Members are expected to vote on whether to accept the redactions and release the $140,000 report to the public. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Metro Council to review Explorer sex abuse scandal report Wednesday," 26 June 2018 The ruling was in response to a letter Gardner sent Monday, asking whether her office could release the agreement without redactions. Washington Post, "New Missouri governor meets with state, local leaders," 5 June 2018 But consult the redaction of oral law in the Mishnah (ca. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A History of Judaism’ Review: The Book of Books," 30 Mar. 2018 Trump approved release of the memo without redactions Friday morning. Anchorage Daily News, "GOP memo criticizing FBI surveillance is released," 2 Feb. 2018 Free Press attorney Herschel Fink said Michigan law does not allow for the redaction of public officials’ email addresses. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "John Engler involved in MSU misstep, emails show," 8 June 2018

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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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