Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A critical revision of a text incorporating the most plausible elements found in varying sources.
  • n. A text so revised.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A critical revision of a text
  • n. A text established by critical revision

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reviewing or revising; review; examination; enumeration.
  • n. Specifically, the review of a text (as of an ancient author) by an editor; critical revisal and establishment.
  • n. The result of such a work; a text established by critical revision; an edited version.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Review; examination; enumeration.
  • n. A critical or methodical revision, as of the text of a book or document; alteration of a text according to some authority, standard, or principle; a reëditing or systematic revisal.
  • n. A text established by critical or systematic revision; an edited version.
  • n. A critical examination, as of a book; a review; a critique.

Etymologies

Latin recēnsiō, recēnsiōn-, a reviewing, from recēnsēre, to review : re-, re- + cēnsēre, to estimate; see kens- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recēnsiō ("review"), from recēnseō ("review"), from re- + cēnseō ("give an opinion"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The correct historical setting indicates that the recension was the work of an Abyssinian of the sixth century, who wished to date the establishment of the Abyssinian

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • It seems to be very much the same recension which is exhibited by Coisl.

    The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark Vindicated Against Recent Critical Objectors and Established

  • Peisistratic "recension," goes far to prove, that, among the numerous manuscripts they examined, this was either wanting, or thought unworthy of attention.

    The Odyssey

  • Alexandrine critics respecting the Peisistratic "recension," goes far to prove, that, among the numerous manuscripts they examined, this was either wanting, or thought unworthy of attention.

    The Iliad

  • "recension," but, in his understanding, he finds the word most descriptive of the process to be forgery.

    The Necessity of Atheism

  • It seems to be very much the same recension which is exhibited by Coisl. 19 (_infrà_,

    The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark

  • There's nothing in the rite itself that is un-Catholic; you could have told me that this is simply an English recension of the Roman rite for Vespers-Compline and I would believe you!

    Slow posting continues till mid-August...

  • The Eastern-rite monks in this monastery observe the Russian Nikonian recension of the Byzantine Rite, making it one of the very few places where the Russian Orthodox liturgical tradition is celebrated in all its purity in communion with the Catholic Church.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The Gospel of Thomas in a Coptic recension particularly popular among Texan Baptists says that where there are three gods, there they are truly blogs.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Claes Andersson har skrivit en recension av Sydänfilmi här.

    Poem

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  • "I am not of the human recension myself. I am a mobile extension of the machine Epiktistes and I have something to convey to you."

    - R. A. Lafferty, Arrive at Easterwine

    August 2, 2008

  • Peter Pitchlynn died in Washington D. C., January 17, 1881, a white man, the son of white man John Pitchlynn. But -by an alternate recension- he had been born a full-blood Indian named Ha-Tchoo-Tuck-Nee.

    - R. A. Lafferty, Okla Hannali

    August 2, 2008

  • The rise and fall of water from the bathroom onto the kitchen, living room, and front and rear steps was instantaneous and uncontrollable, allowing them only a murmur of a crescendo in unison of the names of a trilogy of Baballo's recension disembodying the pathos, the terror and the ineluctable fate of its happening: "Pia Mia, Le Spectre de la Rose, La Forza del Destino."

    - Louis Zukofsky, Little

    June 20, 2008