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b(1) : the use of historical documents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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According to the government's memo, prosecutors had asked Reynolds for medical documentation of his cancer. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: No proof behind Macomb official's cancer story; keep him jailed," 12 July 2018 The policy stated the administration’s intention to criminally prosecute anyone who crosses the border without documentation. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Pregnant Women Are Allegedly Being Denied Medical Care in Immigration Detention Centers," 10 July 2018 Aldo Gonzalez, immigration services coordinator at LUCHA, helped Nair walk the attendees through a common scenario: What happens when a driver without documentation gets pulled over in Maricopa County? Rachel Beth Banks, azcentral, "What to do when a family member is arrested by ICE agents," 5 July 2018 Still, naysayers will always exist, and the hunt continues for documentation, but the project is moving ahead with or without it. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Exclusive: Missing dune buggy from Steve McQueen's 'The Thomas Crown Affair' reappears as it undergoes restoration," 22 June 2018 The fund asks for documentation of the expense a student needs help with—a lease or utility bill, for example—but doesn’t require an application. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Martinez, 37, of Michoacán, Mexico, entered the country without documentation in 2001 and later married Paul Frame, an American citizen. Jeff Gammage,, "Supporters demand freedom for gay man detained during immigration meeting," 22 May 2018 The airline is also limiting the number of connections a pet can be routed through on a trip and is imposing new but unspecified requirements for documentation that pet owners must provide before a reservation is confirmed. Hugo Martin,, "United Airlines bans dozens of dog and cat breeds from cargo hold under new pet travel policy," 2 May 2018 Many did so, without any need for additional documentation. Laura Smith-spark And Katie Polglase, CNN, "UK Home Office destroyed Windrush landing card slips," 18 Apr. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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