Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of editing or revising a piece of writing; preparation for publication.
  • n. An edited work; a new edition or revision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Edited or censored version of a document.
  • n. The change or changes made while editing.
  • n. The process of editing or censoring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of redacting; work produced by redacting; a digest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reducing to order; the act of preparing for publication: said of literary or historical matter.
  • n. A work thus prepared; a special form, edition, or version of a work as digested, revised, or rewritten.
  • n. The staff of writers on a newspaper or other periodical; an editorial staff or department.
  • n. The act of drawing back; a withdrawal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of putting something in writing
  • n. putting something (as a literary work or a legislative bill) into acceptable form

Etymologies

From New Latin redactio ("redaction"), from Latin redigere ("to lead back, collect, prepare, reduce to a certain state"), from red- ("back") + agere ("to put in motion, to drive"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If this speculation has merit, then the process of literary redaction is short-circuited - what we should see is evidence of thoughtful variation on those experiences that find words to express the love of God for us.

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  • "The so-called redaction feature allows users to black out sensitive sections before e-mailing or printing a document."

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  • Education at Nanjing. 49 Finally, the Zhonghua editors also consulted the Jiangnan shuju [omission: Chinese characters] redaction, which is a revision of Mao Jin's

    Empresses and Consorts

  • "The decision around redaction or editing - if you will, because I think a lot of people are perhaps not familiar with the word redaction - those decisions are not taken by politicians or ministers.

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  • The pictures were circulated widely on the Internet with speculation the redaction was a slight against McCain, but Palin said she meant no disrespect to her former GOP running mate.

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  • Someone in Drum's comments suggests that Adobe -- which has, of course, been making a big push to be thought of as a player in the open government movement -- come up with a fool-proof "redaction" option built right into Acrobat, which seems like a pretty good idea.

    Mastering the redaction

  • Biblical criticism today is understood as the application of general historical principles and RATIONALIST assumptions to the BIBLE and has evolved into various sub-disciplines such as redaction criticism, source criticism, form criticism, literary criticism, etc.

    Concise Dictionary of Religion

  • The Martian finds that the terms used for these fabrications are "redaction" or

    The Necessity of Atheism

  • Before referring further to my 'redaction' of opinions, I desire to say that at this moment I am as closely an adherent to the doctrines of grace generally, and to the general sense of Saint

    The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3) 1809-1859

  • But they had not forgotten that a violent debate arose on the "redaction" of this article; and that the ministers had been already accused on account of the obscurity of the clause, which they refused to correct into such words as might prevent all future quibbling and special pleading.

    Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I

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