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recursion British & World English

The repeated application of a recursive procedure or definition

recursion formula British & World English

An equation relating the value of a function for a given value of its argument (or arguments) to its values for other values of the argument(s)

primitive recursion British & World English

The process of defining a function of the natural numbers by induction, given the value of the function for a particular value of the argument, or (equivalently) by simple recursion formulae.