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 redaction (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of redaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Calls to the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Huachuca in Arizona revealed that Army officials were scrambling to locate the records of the man who had been outed by a redaction failure as Joshua Merritt. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump vows veto fight to the end in battle of defense policy bill," 14 Dec. 2020 The only problem, as Reuters reporter Brad Heath pointed out on Twitter, is that the metadata in previous filings indicate the name behind the redaction is Josh Merritt. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Sidney Powell accidentally reveals mystery 'Spider' witness thanks to redaction snafu," 9 Dec. 2020 Also at issue was redaction of a deposition of Prince’s girlfriend. James Whitlow,, "Ballistics expert, medical examiner testify during Advanced Granite shooting trial; defense to begin calling witnesses Thursday," 21 Oct. 2020 At the request of Mr. Cameron’s office, the judge granted a two-day extension, until noon Friday, to allow time for the redaction of personal information of witnesses named in the recording. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recordings: Officers Testified They Knocked Before Entering," 2 Oct. 2020 He also should be admonished for not complying with redaction guidelines. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio lawyer Thomas J. Henry’s longtime partner asks court to sanction him in divorce case," 3 Sep. 2020 The memo requests that the secretary’s office provide its specific redaction requests by July 9 so the report can be released. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Commerce Inspector General says “Sharpiegate” report being blocked," 2 July 2020 During a May 2019 news conference after the report’s release, Mueller offered some cover to Barr in explaining what transpired behind the scenes during the Justice Department’s redaction process. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Judge who reviewed full Mueller report asks DOJ about 'merits' of redactions," 10 June 2020 Walling This image emerged from Guantánamo with a black redaction box over Mr. Zubaydah’s depiction of the face of his interrogator. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, "What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured," 4 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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23 Feb 2021

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“Redaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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