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b(1) : the use of historical documents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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Wisconsin retailers who sell CBD oil are required to keep documentation that will aid DATCP in researching the CBD oil market 2. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 Four centers with dispensing locations across the state — Trulieve, GrowHealthy, Curaleaf and Liberty Health Sciences — have already submitted documentation complying with the requirement. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Overlooked deadline could stop some medical marijuana processing in Florida," 12 July 2018 Why are all our schools filling with Middle Eastern students without proper documentation? Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Palos Township trustee says she won't resign a year after Facebook comments about Middle Eastern immigrants ignited protests," 11 July 2018 Some states require people with dogs to present rabies certificates or other documentation at camping areas. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Hiking or camping with your dogs? How to keep them safe," 11 July 2018 While the joint report agreed Kobach has now complied with that ruling, the parties’ positions diverged on the issue of whether Kobach can continue to track citizenship documentation. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Kansas official follows order, registers thousands to vote," 9 July 2018 Buildings Safety employees then verify the documentation before scheduling a verbal oral examination with the board. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Concerns raised about contractors sitting on Detroit wrecking board," 9 July 2018 But in the old R&D department, there is very little documentation out there that advocates putting fruit varieties in the smoker. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The 4 fruits to put in the smoker, and 5 to avoid," 9 July 2018 New policies that propose things like loosening air quality standards have missed deadlines, and the rollback of vehicle emissions standards was submitted without critical technical documentation. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt is leaving behind a toxic mess at the EPA," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of documentation

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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