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b(1) : the use of historical documents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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Applicants would sign up, submit documentation and then an inspector would visit the home to assess damage. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City’s Sandy Rebuilding Program Was Plagued From the Start, Study Says," 11 Feb. 2019 Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 In March, Delta Air Lines mandated passengers to submit documentation that their animals had been trained to behave in a public setting and required service animals to be checked in at the airport counter. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Airline group seeks to limit all 'emotional support' animals to just dogs," 28 June 2018 June 27, 2018 One goal is to ensure that Dubai residents can submit documentation for common tasks, like buying a home or applying to schools, digitally and only once. Adrianne Jeffries, New York Times, "Governments Explore Using Blockchains to Improve Service," 27 June 2018 Rival carriers Delta and United also updated their transportation policies earlier this year, adding a requirement that passengers traveling with service animals or ESAs must book at least 48 hours in advance and submit additional documentation. NBC News, "Goats? No. Miniature ponies? Maybe: American Airlines debuts new emotional support animal policy," 15 May 2018 American will enforce requirements that customers traveling with support animals submit extra documentation at least 48 hours before their flights, with exemptions for emergency travel. Lauren Zumbach,, "American Airlines bans emotional support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more," 14 May 2018 Parties have until May 11 to submit any further documentation and a final hearing on the matter is set for June 25. Roy S. Johnson,, "Fairfield mayor wins latest salvo against city council over powers," 9 Apr. 2018 Any history detectives who can provide authentic evidence of the date Hearn arrived in Cincinnati can submit documentation to Kemme at by Sept. 26. Jeff Suess,, "Our history: Contest could provide missing piece about writer Lafcadio Hearn," 4 Apr. 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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