Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of preparing a document for publication, especially by deleting private or sensitive information.
  • noun An edited work; a new edition or revision.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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

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  • "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 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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