documentation

noun
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b(1) : the use of historical documents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

Other Words from documentation

documentational \ ˌdä-​kyə-​mən-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce documentation (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.
Recent Examples on the Web In response to a request from the federal judge for any documentation detailing the removal of the server, Raffensperger’s office this week filed only those records in court. Emma Brown And Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2022 In response to a request from the federal judge for any documentation detailing the removal of the server, Raffensperger’s office this week filed only those records in court. Amy Gardner, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 And there is certainly no documentation of a Jewish Frankenberger household in Graz. Anthony D. Kauders, CNN, 5 May 2022 The plaintiffs allege that these documents are insufficient in light of what Section 220 demands—and that its follow-up request for more documentation, filed in early April, was met with a tardy response, thus violating Delaware law. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 At least five TOS-1s have fallen into Ukrainian hands, according to the analysts at the Oryx blog, who scour the media for documentation of wartime equipment losses. David Axe, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 The Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where hundreds of civilians are estimated to have been killed, with bodies strewn in streets and gardens, has become a focal point for the documentation of Russian war crimes. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 What is being released is the raw documentation of the population survey with names, addresses, and answers to a list of questions from the census taken early in 1950. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 There’s been documentation of two girls in just over two years who died in Utah youth treatment centers — one by suicide, and another after regulators say the girl did not receive necessary medical care. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'documentation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of documentation

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About documentation

Time Traveler for documentation

Time Traveler

The first known use of documentation was in 1884

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near documentation

documentary stamp

documentation

document board

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for documentation

Last Updated

16 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Documentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/documentation. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!