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b(1) : the use of historical documents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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Those without proper documentation to enter Colombia use clandestine trails and wade across a river that marks the border. Manuel Rueda, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Cucuta, Colombia — The gateway into Venezuela," 4 Feb. 2019 Many of the people who came to the Coalition event were immigrants or the children of immigrants who entered the country without proper documentation and had dedicated years of their lives to helping others. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Washington has a new, notable tenant — and it’s not Amazon or Apple," 18 May 2018 Most of that was used to boost wages and benefits for a small group of employees, including Torkelson, without adequate documentation, according to the letter. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Northwoods Wisconsin school board member started asking questions. Then things got ugly," 11 July 2018 Under the program, an arrest can send people without documentation into deportation proceedings — whether they've been charged with a violent crime or a minor offense. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Former CMPD detective takes early lead in Mecklenburg County sheriff's race | Charlotte Observer," 8 May 2018 In February, Colombia started deportations of anyone found without documentation. Time, "Why Venezuelan Migrants Are Making Handbags Out of Worthless Banknotes," 7 May 2018 Applicants must then put G-1450 on top of their documentation. Daniel Shoer Roth, miamiherald, "No cash? No problem. It just got easier for immigrants to pay for their applications," 6 July 2018 In other emotional support animal news, most dogs and cats are still allowed on most domestic flights as emotional support animals (with proper documentation), though airlines have tightened their rules on more...eccentric animals. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Orleans' Airport Lets You Pet Baby Alligators for Emotional Support," 26 Nov. 2018 Under the new rules, all-cash buyers must report their identity to the title company, which has to obtain documentation of the real buyer, such as a driver’s license or passport. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "King County’s secret all-cash homebuyers must reveal true identity to law enforcement," 20 Nov. 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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