varia lectio

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Latin: varia (feminine singular form of varius, “different”; whence various) + lectiō (“a reading”; whence lection) = “a different reading”

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varia lectio (plural variae lectiones or variæ lectiones)

  1. (textual criticism and interpretation) Any one of the interpretations or readings of a given passage in a text which differ from copy to copy, from edition to edition, from manuscript to manuscript, or from translation to translation.

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