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Redact and redacted both spiked dramatically on March 29th, 2019, following reports that Attorney General William Barr indicated he would soon have available a version of Robert Mueller’s report, in redacted form.
JUST IN: Attorney General William Barr says in a new letter to lawmakers that he expects to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report "by mid-April, if not sooner."— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) March 29, 2019
Read the full letter: https://t.co/QH3vZSfIlk pic.twitter.com/0aFAKULIEz
Redact has several possible definitions as a verb: “to put in writing,” “to select or adapt (as by obscuring or removing sensitive information) for publication or release,” and “to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release.” When functioning as an adjective, rather than the past participle form of the verb, redacted is defined as “edited especially in order to obscure or remove sensitive information.”
Redact has been in use in English since the 15th century, and may be traced back to the Latin word redigere (“to drive, lead, or bring back, get together, collect, arrange, reduce”).
[Henry Kissinger's Talks with President Nixon; No Transcript; Local Time Approximate; Redacted in Its Entirety]
— (description of entry) Audio File of Telephone Conversation. November 22, 1971DNSA collection: Kissinger Telephone Conversations, 1969-1977
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