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
Recent Examples on the Web Some forms taken by FROGs (final rule vs. rescission, for example) may be more vulnerable to challenge than others. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, "Laws Have Mercy: Here Is How Biden Is Restricting Access To Regulatory Guidance Documents," 26 Apr. 2021 If Congress does not pass legislation approving the rescission within 45 days, the funds are unfrozen and must be spent as Congress originally intended. Washington Post, "White House moves to freeze some foreign aid, defying Congress in Trump’s final days," 31 Dec. 2020 The process, known as a rescission request, would temporarily freeze certain funds highlighted by the president for 45 days. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Pelosi calls for Trump's support ahead of House vote on $2K COVID-19 stimulus checks," 28 Dec. 2020 Trump has not yet sent a rescission request to Congress. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Democrats scoff at Trump call to claw back spending," 28 Dec. 2020 In 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security rescinded the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which led to a number of lawsuits across the country challenging the rescission. Ingrid Cotto,, "Biden’s victory ‘light at the end of a very dark tunnel’ for immigrants, but activists call for reform," 13 Nov. 2020 Because the 2019 rules were instituted through the regulatory process, experts expect their rescission to take longer than that of presidential directives. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Biden plans sweeping reversal of Trump's immigration agenda, from deportations to asylum policy," 11 Nov. 2020 Elisha's post includes screenshots that attribute to political news site Real Clear Politics a rescission of calling Pennsylvania for Biden. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Political news website never called Pennsylvania for Joe Biden," 11 Nov. 2020 Even minor mistakes could cause the company to revoke the policy, a practice called rescission. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: How the loss of Obamacare would affect almost every American," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rescission

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rescission

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French rescision, borrowed from Latin rescissiōn- rescissiō, from *rescid-, variant stem of rescindere "to remove or lay bare by hewing and cutting, cancel, rescind" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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11 May 2021

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“Rescission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 rescission (audio) \ adjective

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