- An example of to redact is to create a legal document.
- An example of to redact is to delete classified information from a document before it is published.
- to write out or draw up (a proclamation, edict, etc.); frame
- to arrange in proper form for publication; edit
Origin of redactMiddle English redacten ; from Classical Latin redactus, past participle of redigere, to bring into a certain condition, reduce to order (see re- and amp; act): in redactsense , probably back-formation ; from redaction
transitive verbre·dact·ed, re·dact·ing, re·dacts
- To draw up or frame (a proclamation, for example).
- To make ready for publication; edit or revise.
- To delete or remove (private or sensitive information) from a document in preparation for publication.
Origin of redactMiddle English redacten, from Latin redigere, redāct-, to drive back : re-, red-, re- + agere, to drive; see act.
(third-person singular simple present redacts, present participle redacting, simple past and past participle redacted)
- To reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit. [from 19th c.]
- (rare) To draw up or frame a decree, statement, etc. [from 19th c.]
- To censor, used by a government when parts of a document are kept secret and the remainder released.
- The military will redact the document before releasing it, blacking out sections that are classified.
- (law) To black out text for other purposes, such as in law, when legally protected sections of text are obscured in a document provided to opposing counsel, typically as part of the discovery process.
From Old French redacter, from Latin redactus, perfect passive participle of redigÅ (“drive, lead, collect, reduce"), from re- (“back") + agÅ (“put in motion, drive").
redact - Computer Definition
To edit sensitive documents before release to the public. With today's heightened awareness of the legal implications of exposing information, it is common to redact even e-mail messages before sending them.