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b(1) : the use of historical documents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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Prehistoric peoples Broadly defined as the period between humans’ invention of stone tools and the development of writing systems, prehistory can be difficult to parse out given the lack of documentation available. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ninety Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 All of this documentation, plus information from a health screening and passport information, must be uploaded into the Authorization Portal for approval. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Turks and Caicos," 23 Dec. 2020 And that's exactly the kind of documentation that helps individuals and society make sense of events. David G. Allan, CNN, "Pandemic diaries: Why journaling now is the best time to start or restart," 14 Dec. 2020 Wiedeman approaches his subject with a wealth of documentation and a deadpan incredulity at the absurdity of Neumann’s actions and ambitions. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 7 Dec. 2020 Applicants must provide a shutoff notice or water bill that is 30 days past due plus payment history and income documentation., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 4 Dec. 2020 For a long time, the rolls were a matter of historical documentation. NBC News, "The Black Native American descendants fighting for the right to belong," 20 Nov. 2020 Facebook has long banned posts that misrepresent who can vote, whether a vote will be counted and what kinds of documentation must be provided in order to vote. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Electionland: The State of Election Day 2020," 3 Nov. 2020 An official at the food bank asked that it not be identified and did not give details about what kind of documentation was provided to the FBI. Tom Orsborn,, "San Antonio event planner told feds he had deal with food bank officials but they deny it," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Documentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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