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[ri-sen-shuh n]
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  1. an editorial revision of a literary work, especially on the basis of critical examination of the text and the sources used.
  2. a version of a text resulting from such revision.
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Origin of recension

1630–40; < Latin recēnsiōn- (stem of recēnsiō) a reviewing, equivalent to recēns(ēre) (re- re- + cēnsēre to estimate, assess) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsre·cen·sion·ist, noun
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Related Words for recension

amendment, review, alteration, improvement, modification, reconsideration, emendation, retrospect, correction, polish, revise, redaction, rectification, homework, redraft, rescript, retrospection, revisal, afterlight, recension

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Historical Examples of 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.


    P. A. S. van Limburg-Brouwer

  • He and I both think an early Attic "recension" probable, or almost certain.

  • It may have been a gloss, or may have been found by Matthew in his recension of Q.

British Dictionary definitions for recension


  1. a critical revision of a literary work
  2. a text revised in this way
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Word Origin for recension

C17: from Latin recēnsiō, from recēnsēre to survey, from re- + cēnsēre to assess
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Word Origin and History for recension


1630s, from Latin recensionem (nominative recensio) "an enumeration," noun of action from past participle stem of recensere "to count, enumerate, survey," from re- (see re-) + censere "to tax, rate, assess, estimate" (see censor (n.)).

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