error (separative)

We can prove that a witness (B) is independent of another witness (A) by finding in A as against B an error so constituted that our knowledge of the state of conjectural criticism in the period between A and B enables us to feel confident that it cannot have been removed by conjecture during that period. Errors of this kind may be called ‘separative errors’ (errores separativi).

(Maas 1958, 42)

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