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

  • n. The act of rescinding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of removing, taking away, or taking back.
  • n. The undoing of a contract; repeal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rescinding, abrogating, annulling, or vacating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of rescinding or cutting off.
  • n. The act of abrogating, annulling, or vacating: as, the rescission of a law, decree, or judgment.
  • n. The avoiding of a voidable contract.

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

  • n. (law) the act of rescinding; the cancellation of a contract and the return of the parties to the positions they would have had if the contract had not been made


Latin rescissiō, rescissiōn-, from rescissus, past participle of rescindere, to rescind; see rescind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1651, Late Latin rescission, rescissio, from Latin rescindō ("I cut back"), from re- ("back") + scindō ("I cut"). (Wiktionary)



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