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b(1) : the use of historical documents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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Recent Examples on the Web Get several companies to make proposals, request documentation of how much the new equipment will cut your energy bills, and ask questions. Washington Post, "How to find a reliable and affordable HVAC company," 7 Jan. 2020 In effect, a Hindu Bangladeshi who immigrated illegally can still get Indian citizenship under the CAA even if she is found to have been making a false statement about being part of the pre-1971 wave to get documentation under the NRC. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 The second reason is that the uniformly flat terrain in and around an airport creates an ideal location for accurate climate documentation. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver may get second official weather observation site in Stapleton next year," 20 Dec. 2019 Critics said the pontifical secret was used to keep the scandal hidden, prevent police from acquiring internal documentation and silence victims. Nicole Winfield,, "Vatican tribunal now overwhelmed by clergy abuse cases," 20 Dec. 2019 Check with your airline when booking your flight to find out what documentation is needed. CNN Money, "Traveling with your dog or cat is easy with these 15 Amazon pet essentials," 17 Dec. 2019 Once inside, the federal agents said, someone announced their presence, giving anyone whose citizenship documentation was questionable a chance to flee. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Immigration agents, activists and new laws collide in a Connecticut courthouse confrontation," 11 Nov. 2019 His documentation of white nationalist and virulently anti-immigrant tropes is wholly unacceptable and disqualifying for a government employee. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Speaker Pelosi Is “Never Afraid and Rarely Surprised”," 22 Dec. 2019 And if your change in plans isn’t reflected in your estate documentation, chaos will ensue. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Estate planning: How to tell your children they're not getting an inheritance," 15 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Documentation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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