Definition of redaction in English:


Line breaks: re|dac¦tion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈdakʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The process of editing text for publication: what was left after the redaction would be virtually useless
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    • I said I felt strongly that this was a matter of liaison sensitivity that justified redaction (editing).
    • Goldstein brings together the fruit of extensive research and massive erudition in multiple disciplines, wielding the tools of source, genre, redaction, and textual criticism with masterful force.
    • Third, I would argue once more that redaction and narrative criticisms are the friend rather than the foe of historical verification.
  • 1.1The censoring or obscuring of part of a text for legal or security purposes.
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    • The brief is riddled with the black boxes lawyers call redactions.
    • This year, MPs were given copies of their files, already marked with the Commons authorities changes, to suggest their own redactions.
    • The Sunday Telegraph, which has access to the files without redactions, can provide the full picture.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A version of a text, such as a new edition or an abridged version: the author himself never chose to establish a definitive redaction
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    • Established by the monk Tao-hsüan, this school began by establishing which of the several redactions of the monastic regulations that had been translated into Chinese would become the standard.
    • Later redactions of saints' lives tended to omit historical details that were no longer easily understood and to embellish the text with more outlandish miracle stories.
    • Both redactions of the original play make Act I, Scene 2 of vital importance in the development of the relations of power between Caliban, Prospero, and Miranda.



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  • Rather, he claims that the text is ‘not a seamless whole, but… the product of much redactional activity’.
  • Because of the focus on the text as it stands, discussion of redactional and compositional issues is minimal.
  • Similarly, appeals to either form critical or redactional studies have not won a consensus.


late 18th century: from French rédaction, from late Latin redactio(n-), from redigere 'bring back'.

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