doc·​u·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdä-kyə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce documentation (audio) , -ˌmen-, -kyü-\

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b(1) : the use of historical documents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 \ ˌdä-​kyə-​mən-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce documentational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​ˌmen-​ , -​kyü-​ \ 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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But with 144,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally or without documentation in May alone, the program has been overwhelmed. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "No Secret Immigration Deal Exists With U.S., Mexico’s Foreign Minister Says," 10 June 2019 Please, senator, do not hold these young people — who are American in all but documentation — hostage for other immigration reform goals. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Colorado’s freshmen congressman, Joe Neguse, stands for Dreamers," 8 June 2019 To take advantage of it, log into your My Verizon account and upload the proper documentation, or visit a store in person to get the discount. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Verizon offers emergency first responders discounts on unlimited plans," 6 Dec. 2018 There’s documentation of this, in writing by Mesoamericans themselves and in records from the Spanish conquistadors. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Chocolate has been around for millennia. New research suggests it’s even older than we thought.," 31 Oct. 2018 In more than 750 cases, Silver Lake Medical Center created documentation that was allegedly signed by homeless patients with mental illnesses, Lacey said. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Silver Lake Medical Center to pay $550,000 settlement in patient-dumping case, L.A. officials say," 2 July 2018 Plus, documentation will likely be needed — medical proof diagnosing that there is an impairment and a record of its existence., "Is It Illegal For A Company To Fire You For Being Depressed?," 28 June 2018 But Chrissy Teigen's documentation of her shrimp dinner? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "13 Essential Celebrities to Follow on Instagram, According to Vogue Editors," 12 Apr. 2019 But thanks to tons of photos, documentation, and archival footage, even the tiniest details can be brought back. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back from the Brink," 27 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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