[ ri-sen-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈsɛn ʃən /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recension


/ (rɪˈsɛnʃən) /


a critical revision of a literary work
a text revised in this way

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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