re·​cen·​sion ri-ˈsen(t)-shən How to pronounce recension (audio)
: a critical revision of a text
: a text established by critical revision

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The recension and subsequent cancellation of the 2019 award event--BCRI’s most important fund-raiser--ignited a firestorm of protests. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 22 Mar. 2021 In contrast, the Islamic State sought to recast political Islam in its recension as entirely continuous with premodern classical Islamic political governance. New York Times, 12 May 2020

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Word History


Latin recension-, recensio enumeration, from recensēre to review, from re- + censēre to assess, tax — more at censor

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recension was circa 1828

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“Recension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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