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b(1) : the use of historical documents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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Spitzer declined to release any documentation of Rackauckas’ analysis, and attempts to contact Rackauckas were unsuccessful. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Court filing raises new questions about Orange County’s handling of informant scandal," 22 Aug. 2019 Payment to the company will be made around mid-year, based on the previous year's performance, provided that the company files documentation of the income taxes withheld by February 28. Thomas Jewell,, "Cleveland Heights enacts Job Creation Grant incentive program," 14 Aug. 2019 Tom inherits documentation of the cover-ups and considers making them public, but ultimately decides to make Greg get rid of them. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 In addition, in October 2017, government authorities allege that Lindsay sent documentation of a $681,625 wire transfer between an asset management company and Long Island Brand Beverages to a person named Julian Davidson, according to the warrant. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The FBI thinks Long Island Iced Tea’s infamous pivot to blockchain was sweetened by insider trading," 25 July 2019 In March, City Council approved a deal that allowed the demolition to go forward, in exchange for the district paying for and completing a visual documentation of the old school and inventory of all its buildings to identify historic resources. Liz Teitz,, "San Antonio parents, school officials celebrate demolition of historical Beacon Hill Elementary," 24 July 2019 These speculative beginnings are usually placed in the age of barbarians, where documentation is conveniently sparse. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 With their concern for violence against women and sharp documentation of Scandinavia’s racist Far Right, Larsson’s books were in some ways typical of the genre. Scott Timberg,, "Nordic noir master Jo Nesbø takes another dark twist with 'Knife'," 10 July 2019 There's no access to Windows kernel source code, and the documentation is insufficient for his needs. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "WireGuard on Windows early preview," 27 June 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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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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