re·​scis·​sion | \ ri-ˈsi-zhən \

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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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 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

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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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