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[ri-sizh-uh n] /rɪˈsɪʒ ən/
the act of rescinding.
Origin of rescission
1605-15; < Late Latin rescissiōn- (stem of rescissiō) a making void, rescinding, equivalent to resciss(us) (past participle of rescindere to rescind, equivalent to re- re- + scid-, variant stem of scindere to cleave, tear in two + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss) + -iōn- -ion
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nonrescission, noun Unabridged
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  • There was to be a restitution of property, honors, and offices, and a rescission of judicial sentences.

  • First, the parties can expressly and purposely declare that a treaty shall be dissolved; this is rescission.

  • It is no doubt only by reason of a condition construed into the contract that fraud is a ground of rescission.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for rescission


the act of rescinding
(law) the right to have a contract set aside if it has been entered into mistakenly, as a result of misrepresentation, undue influence, etc
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Word Origin and History for rescission

1610s, "action of cutting off;" 1650s, "action of annulling," from Late Latin rescissionem (nominative rescisio) "annulment," noun of action from past participle stem of rescindere "to cut off; abolish" (see rescind).

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