Definition of recension in English:


Line breaks: re|cen¦sion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)n


  • 1A revised edition of a text: under the Carolingians new recensions of the code were made
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    • Already very old when it was written down, it survives in three main manuscript recensions: in the Book of the Dun Cow, the Book of Leinster, and the Yellow Book of Lecan.
    • That this was a serious problem is suggested by the fact that the 1555 recension expands this chapter by noting that failure to comply would result in 40 days imprisonment, a great fine, and loss of the franchise.
    • There are three recensions or regional versions of the Sama Veda.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The revision of a text.
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    • Although transmission and recension must have left some imprint on these classic works, to the Arab Muslims who conveyed and compiled them they were the epitome of a literary era still fresh in their minds.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'survey, review'): from Latin recensio(n-), from recensere 'revise', from re- 'again' + censere 'to review'.

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