lectio difficilior

Latin, literally "harder reading," from phrase maxim difficilior lectio potior. In textual reconstruction (of the Bible, etc.) the idea that, of two alternative manuscript readings, the one whose meaning is less obvious is less likely to be a copyist's alteration, and therefore should be given precedence.

Nearby words

  1. leconte de lisle,
  2. leconte de lisle, charles marie,
  3. lect.,
  4. lectern,
  5. lectin,
  6. lection,
  7. lectionary,
  8. lector,
  9. lectorate,
  10. lectotype

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