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 Three days after the federal program was abruptly halted in 2017, the University of California became the first university to file a legal challenge over its rescission. Priscilla Chan And Sam Hawgood, STAT, "Striking down DACA would eliminate thousands of health care workers, thwarting America’s pandemic response," 1 May 2020 The attorneys general ask the court to rule that the time to ratify the ERA has expired and that the five states’ rescissions are valid. al, "Is Alabama blocking the Equal Rights Amendment?," 21 Feb. 2020 From 1974 to 2000, approximately 40% of presidential rescission proposals were enacted in some form. Russ Vought, WSJ, "The White House Announces Its Rescission Package," 7 May 2018 Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday citing the Government Accountability Office’s finding that such a use of rescissions was not legal. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump backs down from threat to cut foreign aid," 22 Aug. 2019 The Trump Administration’s unlawful rescission of DACA was a tragic mistake, one that not only hurts Dreamers and their families, but also undermines our nation’s ability to compete in a global market for talent. Brad Smith, Time, "Why We Took Our Fight for DACA Recipients All the Way to the Supreme Court," 10 Nov. 2019 The plaintiff's attorneys clearly think this logic to be patently ridiculous and have amended their breach-of-contract lawsuit to take issue with this seeming theory of rescission. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CBS Says There Was Never Any 'Judge Judy' Library Sale (Never Mind the Press Release)," 16 Oct. 2019 Another official said the president’s interest in the rescission package stems from his opposition to aid for the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. John Hudson, Washington Post, "U.S. officials shield Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence projects in review of foreign aid," 15 Aug. 2019 But for more effusive arguments on the virtues of DACA, one might turn to some of the 36 amicus, or friend of the court, briefs opposing Mr Trump’s rescission. The Economist, "Can Donald Trump rescind DACA?," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rescission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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