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From Latin redux (that returns), from redūcō (to bring back). The word may have re-entered popular usage in the United States with the 1971 publication of the novel Rabbit Redux by John Updike,[1][2] although it had previously been used in medicine, literary titles, and product names.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹiːdʌks/, /ɹiˈdʌks/
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redux (not comparable)

  1. (of a topic, attributive, postpositive) Redone, restored, brought back, or revisited.
    After an unusually cold August, September felt like summer redux as a heatwave sent temperatures soaring.
    • 2004, Robert A. Levy, Shakedown: How Corporations, Government, and Trial Lawyers Abuse the Judicial Process, page 265:
      10. It's Microsoft Redux All Over Again. Maybe the fat lady hasn't crooned the final note, but the petite lady who carried the most weight, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, wrote the denouement to the Microsoft antitrust fiasco.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Redux redux", in The Miami News (12 January 1972).
  2. ^ redux at Google Ngram Viewer

Further reading[edit]



Alternative forms[edit]


From redūcō (I lead or bring back).



redux (genitive reducis); third-declension one-termination adjective

  1. (active, mostly as an epithet of Iuppiter and of Fortūna, in the poets and in inscriptions) that leads or brings back, that returns
  2. (passive, frequent and Classical Latin) that is led or brought back (from slavery, imprisonment, from a distance, etc.), come back, returned, that has returned

Usage notes[edit]

  • In normal usage, the e is short: rĕdux. Pre-Classically, however (specifically in Plautus), the e occurred long: rēdux.


Third-declension one-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative redux reducēs reducia
Genitive reducis reducium
Dative reducī reducibus
Accusative reducem redux reducēs reducia
Ablative reducī reducibus
Vocative redux reducēs reducia


  • English: redux
  • Italian: reduce


  • rĕdux in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • redux in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • redux in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • rĕdux in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934, page 1,328/1–2
  • redux in Harry Thurston Peck, editor, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898
  • redux in William Smith, editor, A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray, 1848