doc·​u·​men·​ta·​tion | \-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of documentation 

1 : the act or an instance of furnishing or authenticating with documents

2a : the provision of documents in substantiation also : documentary evidence

b(1) : the use of historical documents

(2) : conformity to historical or objective facts

(3) : the provision of footnotes, appendices, or addenda referring to or containing documentary evidence

4 : the usually printed instructions, comments, and information for using a particular piece or system of computer software or hardware

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Other Words from documentation

documentational \-​shnəl, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of documentation in a Sentence

You cannot visit the country unless you have the proper documentation. Keep your receipts as documentation of your purchases. Can you provide documentation of the claims you're making? The program's documentation is poorly written.
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So now Alsup wants them to prove it with documentation of just how much control these companies wield. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A federal judge in a climate change lawsuit is forcing oil companies to cough up internal documents," 25 May 2018 Google’s push with the new AIY kits is for kids and schools, with simpler documentation and STEM lesson plans, but adults will no doubt enjoy making the projects as well. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google makes AI easy as Pi with new DIY Google Assistant kits," 17 Apr. 2018 The site is filled with documentation of their exploits, including pictures of each bar and descriptions of the couple's experience there. Patrick Cooley,, "The story behind the "Every Bar in Lakewood" blog," 9 Mar. 2018 The malicious hardware was discovered in August, according to various forms of documentation Appleboum supplied to Bloomberg. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Report Claims More Evidence of Chinese Microchip Tampering," 9 Oct. 2018 Surface Laptop and Surface Studio weren’t mentioned in the documentation Sams saw, either. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "New leaks reveal the future of Xbox and Surface," 12 June 2018 Suddenly 91 years of every kind of documentation has to be scrutinized and ordered and finished up with somehow. Dg Fulford, Woman's Day, "Endless Loose Ends," 10 June 2011 Should reunification efforts fail—if parents can't find their kids or provide proper documentation—the children become wards of the state and immigration agents can then consent to DNA testing on their behalf. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire," 22 June 2018 The regulations require those wishing to travel with a service or support animal to provide special documentation. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Delta tightens regulations, adds pit bulls to list of banned service and support animals after two employees were bitten," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of documentation

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of documentation was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of documentation

: the documents, records, etc., that are used to prove something or make something official

: written instructions for using a computer or computer program

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