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nounUnited States Regional, Scottish, Louisiana
The annulment of the sale of an article, etc., and its return to the vendor at the instigation of the buyer; (also) a civil action to compel a vendor to take back goods sold on the grounds of some defect.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From French rédhibition and its etymon classical Latin redhibitiōn-, redhibitiō return (of an article) to the vendor from redhibit-, past participial stem of redhibēre to take back or give back + -iō.
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