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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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,, "US officials shield Ivanka Trump, Pence projects in review of foreign aid," 14 Aug. 2019 The defeated rescissions bill that was pushed by the White House, along with fiscal conservatives in both chambers, would have pulled back $16 million of LWCF funds from the U.S. Forest Service that have been committed to specific projects. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: How a conservation fund helped sink Trump's budget-trimming efforts," 25 June 2018 Those questions arise with the news that the Senate won’t take up a $15 billion spending rescissions bill that the House passed last week. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Senate in Repose," 15 June 2018 According to a board of trustees presentation, UConn and UConn Health have faced $166 million in state cuts, fund sweeps and rescissions since 2010. Amanda Blanco,, "At UConn’s new $100 million deluxe recreation center, students can go rock climbing, swimming or run indoors," 26 Aug. 2019 Politico was the first to report on Thursday that the rescission package would not move forward. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump backs down from threat to cut foreign aid," 22 Aug. 2019 Williamson’s attorneys would also like to add a claim for fraudulent inducement and rescission. Michael Mccann,, "What's Next in Zion Williamson's Extended Federal Lawsuit?," 22 Aug. 2019 Even a rescission bill that would reduce unnecessary spending by a mere $1 billion over ten years — or 0.002 percent of the budget — was defeated in the Republican Senate. Brian Riedl, National Review, "New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea Party Coffin," 22 July 2019 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

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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 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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