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recension

[ ri-sen-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈsɛn ʃən /
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noun

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM recension

re·cen·sion·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for recension

recension
/ (rɪˈsɛnʃən) /

noun

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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