Redact Definition

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To write out or draw up (a proclamation, edict, etc.); frame.
Webster's New World
To arrange in proper form for publication; edit.
Webster's New World
To delete or remove (private or sensitive information) from a document in preparation for publication.
American Heritage

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.

Origin of Redact

  • From Old French redacter, from Latin redactus, perfect passive participle of redigō (“drive, lead, collect, reduce"), from re- (“back") + agō (“put in motion, drive").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English redacten from Latin redigere redāct- to drive back re-, red- re- agere to drive act

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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