re·​scis·​sion | \ ri-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce rescission (audio) \

Definition of rescission

: an act of rescinding

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Examples of rescission in a Sentence

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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It's expected to pass in the House but unlikely to go far in the Senate, even though rescissions only need a simple majority and not subject to the normal 60-vote threshold to avoid a filibuster. Ashley Killough, CNN, "House to vote Thursday on package that would cut $1 billion in spending," 7 June 2018 Introducing a rescission would also create massive headaches for lawmakers who spent weeks trying to come to a bipartisan agreement. NBC News, "Trump wants Congress to cut spending from the bill he already signed into law," 4 Apr. 2018 Congress’s window to pass rescission requests with a simple majority under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 expires on Friday. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Spending Embarrassment," 20 June 2018 President Clinton was the last president to submit a rescission request, according to the Government Accountability Office. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump proposes clawing back $15 billion in federal spending, hits children's insurance," 7 May 2018 The exact figure that the White House will ask Congress to cut remained in flux Friday... The White House will avoid cuts to the omnibus bill in its rescission request to Congress on Monday, Republicans said. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Even a limited trade war with China could really cost the U.S. economy," 7 May 2018 Burr's vote against the rescissions package is an early sign of a political tussle that may lie ahead. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: How a conservation fund helped sink Trump's budget-trimming efforts," 25 June 2018 Democrats will do that again in September no matter what Republicans do on rescissions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Useful Spending Debate," 13 May 2018 Pelosi also ripped into the Trump administration for proposing to roll back $7 billion in unspent funds from the Children's Health Insurance Program as part of its rescissions package. Ashley Killough, CNN, "Pelosi on Democratic candidates who oppose her: 'Just win, baby'," 8 May 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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The first known use of rescission was in 1594

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re·​scis·​sion | \ ri-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce rescission (audio) \

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

Other Words from rescission

rescissory \ ri-​ˈsi-​zə-​rē, -​ˈsi-​sə-​ How to pronounce rescissory (audio) \ adjective

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