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re•cen•sion  (ri senshən), 
  1. Literaturean editorial revision of a literary work, esp. on the basis of critical examination of the text and the sources used.
  2. Literaturea version of a text resulting from such revision.
  • Latin recēnsiōn- (stem of recēnsiō) a reviewing, equivalent. to recēns(ēre) (re- re- + cēnsēre to estimate, assess) + -iōn- -ion
  • 1630–40
re•cension•ist, n. 

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recension /rɪˈsɛnʃən/ n
  1. a critical revision of a literary work
  2. a text revised in this way
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin recēnsiō, from recēnsēre to survey, from re- + cēnsēre to assess

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