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.
- re·cen·sion·ist, noun
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How to use recension in a sentence
Barclay, totally unable to account for Paul's sudden recension from his aloofness, nevertheless secretly rejoiced.High Noon | Anonymous
The author of this recension had little regard for the metre of his original; ll.
Lepsius translated from the Turin papyrus; Budge bases his translations on what is called the Theban recension.The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII. | Various
This parable, tho it has a Q sound in the first verse, is too long for any recension of that document.Sources of the Synoptic Gospels | Carl S. Patton
But if Luke derived them from any written source, they are exactly such sayings as would have found a place in his recension of Q.Sources of the Synoptic Gospels | Carl S. Patton
British Dictionary definitions for recension
a critical revision of a literary work
a text revised in this way
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