The words are supposed to be there but have been left due to any reason. Is there a succinct term to describe such words?
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There's some disagreement going on here that can be attributed to differing interpretations of the question.
If the text was once there but is now missing or illegible, it is a lacuna.
If a word or phrase was left out unintentionally, it is an omission or elision.
If a word or passage has been intentionally removed, it is a redaction.
A caret mark (^) used to note an omission but generally where something is to be inserted. An eclipsis denotes "omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences [syn: ellipsis]". Note: 'caret' is Latin for missing
Haplography n. - accidental omission of letters, words or lines in copying
Interesting that this sticks: