re·scis·sion | \ ri-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of rescission 

: an act of rescinding

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the judge ruled that the town's rescission of the contract was justified due the contractor's repeated failures to meet its obligations

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The decision to rescind the invitation came after more than a month of internal Trump administration debate about China, including the timing of any rescission, the officials said, especially given the trade talks. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "U.S. Retracts Invitation to China to Participate in Military Exercise," 23 May 2018 Cole, who has been working with Mulvaney on the spending cut attempt, said he had been told to expect two or three rescission requests over the coming months. John Fitzpatrick,, "White House Scaling Back Attempt to Cancel Spending, Republicans Say," 3 May 2018 If Congress would do its job and actually get an appropriations bill on time, then there probably wouldn’t be a rescissions package. NBC News, "Meet the Press- April 22,2018," 22 Apr. 2018 About half the package is a rescission to the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Useful Spending Debate," 13 May 2018 The rescission of this guidance does not overrule forty years of precedent that affirms the constitutionality of a university’s limited use of race in college admissions. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "2 Birds, 1 Racist President: Trump to Undo Obama Policy That Used Race as Factor for Diversity in Schools," 4 July 2018 If that is true, the rescission saves no money and is pure theater. Michael Hiltzik,, "Just three months after Congress gave children's healthcare a 10-year lifeline, Trump reneges," 8 May 2018 The senior administration official said Monday the rescissions proposal headed for Capitol Hill Tuesday would be the first in a series of proposals to cut funding. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Trump Seeks to Cut $15 Billion From Federal Spending by Rescinding Approved Funds," 7 May 2018 William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes have already advanced with Sporting's request for rescission, while Rui Patrício and Daniel Podence are also set to depart the club this summer, as reported by Portuguese news outlet Record., "Portuguese Report Claims Huge Contingent of Sporting CP Stars Set to Have Their Contracts Terminated," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of rescission

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rescission

Late Latin rescission-, rescissio, from Latin rescindere

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re·scis·sion | \ ri-ˈsi-zhən \

Legal Definition of rescission 

: the act, process, or fact of rescinding especially a contract specifically : the equitable judicial remedy of rescinding a contract in a suit brought by one of the parties — compare reformation

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rescissory \ri-ˈsi-zə-rē, -ˈsi-sə- \ adjective

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