Definition of rendition in English:


Line breaks: ren|di¦tion
Pronunciation: /rɛnˈdɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2 (also extraordinary rendition) [mass noun] (Especially in the US) the practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.
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    • He says the practice of rendition started during the Clinton administration.
    • We have wanted, on the Intelligence Committee, the minority party, to do a full investigation of detention, interrogation and rendition.
    • It reminds me of a high-minded statesman in our own time who manages to practice torture, which he deplores, by proxy, using ‘extraordinary rendition.’


early 17th century: from obsolete French, from rendre 'give back, render'.

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