[ ri-sizh-uh n ]
/ rɪˈsɪʒ ən /


the act of rescinding.

Nearby words

  1. resawyer,
  2. rescale,
  3. reschedule,
  4. rescind,
  5. rescissible,
  6. rescissory,
  7. rescript,
  8. rescue,
  9. rescue dog,
  10. rescue grass

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

Related formsnon·re·scis·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rescission

  • 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


/ (rɪˈsɪʒən) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper