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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Shortly afterward, the White House began talking with House GOP leaders about using a budget maneuver called rescission to cut some of the domestic spending. Erik Wasson,, "Balanced-Budget Constitutional Amendment Proposal Fails in House," 12 Apr. 2018 So here’s a guide to the rescission debate, which revolves around acronyms like CHIP and CHIMPs. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "CHIP, CHIMPs and Trump’s budget-rescission request: a guide to the debate," 31 May 2018 The last time Congress approved any rescissions was nearly 20 years ago under President Clinton in the late 1990s, according to the Congressional Research Service. NBC News, "Trump wants Congress to cut spending from the bill he already signed into law," 4 Apr. 2018 The letters tie back to the other tool the administration is using: rescission. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Trump Goes on a Spending Diet," 7 June 2018 Presidents proposed rescissions totaling $76 billion between 1974 and 2000, of which Congress accepted $25 billion, according to the Committee for a Responsible Budget. Ashley Killough, CNN, "House to vote Thursday on package that would cut $1 billion in spending," 7 June 2018 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

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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

Other Words from rescission

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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