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[ri-dakt] /rɪˈdækt/
verb (used with object)
to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit.
to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.).
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin redāctus (past participle of redigere to lead back), equivalent to red- red- + āctus, past participle of agere to lead; see act
Related forms
redaction, noun
redactional, adjective
redactor, noun
unredacted, adjective
Can be confused
redact, revise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for redacted
  • The signatures and addresses of witnesses have been redacted to protect their privacy.
  • After reviewing an unedited version, a federal judge disagreed, and ordered some of the redacted text released.
  • Information that might endanger informants has been redacted.
  • My entire script is scanned here, with a few bits redacted.
  • But he was inclined to rule out those words as the redacted ones.
  • Now, the civil liberties group has received a redacted version of the directive that was sent out last year.
  • The article relied in part on redacted e-mails from employees of the agency.
  • Actually seeing the redacted version, with its blacked-out sections, sent a real chill down my spine.
  • Again, the meeting participants' names were redacted from the public schedule.
  • Some of these voices belong to people whose names have been redacted from the public record.
British Dictionary definitions for redacted


verb (transitive)
to compose or draft (an edict, proclamation, etc)
to put (a literary work, etc) into appropriate form for publication; edit
Derived Forms
redaction, noun
redactional, adjective
redactor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin redigere to bring back, from red-re- + agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for redacted



early 15c., "bring into organized form," from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere "to drive back, force back; bring back; collect, call in; bring down, reduce," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Specific meaning "arrange, edit" is from 1851.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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