One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of rescinding, revoking, or retracting something; an instance of this. Also: the action or an act of reducing or retrenching something, especially expenditure.
2The action or an act of cutting something off or away; (Surgery) = "resection". Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Knolles (d. 1610), historian and translator. Partly from classical Latin recīsiōn-, recīsiō action of cutting back or pruning, curtailment, reduction, and partly from French † recision, variant (influenced by classical Latin recīdere) of rescision rescission.
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