- an editorial revision of a literary work, especially on the basis of critical examination of the text and the sources used.
- a version of a text resulting from such revision.
Origin of recension
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Examples from the Web for recension
This recension of the work is much later in date than the former.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
In the 'long' recension there is a letter to one Mary of Cassobola.
Translated into Hindi from the Bengali recension of the Sanskrit.Akbar
P. A. S. van Limburg-Brouwer
He and I both think an early Attic "recension" probable, or almost certain.Homer and His Age
It may have been a gloss, or may have been found by Matthew in his recension of Q.Sources of the Synoptic Gospels
Carl S. Patton
- a critical revision of a literary work
- a text revised in this way
C17: from Latin recēnsiō, from recēnsēre to survey, from re- + cēnsēre to assess
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Word Origin and History for recension
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