rec·​ord·​keep·​ing ˈre-kərd-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce recordkeeping (audio)
variants or less commonly record-keeping
: the act or practice of recording important information for future reference : the act of keeping records
Due to shoddy recordkeeping, the total area affected … is a mystery, and it will likely remain so.David Gargill

Examples of recordkeeping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The summer of 2023 saw the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere soar 3.72 degrees above the average from 1850 to 1900, when modern instrumental recordkeeping began, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 Madigan’s office has since cited DPW several times for poor recordkeeping and time and equipment theft by employees. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr. 2024 In 2023, the Amazon experienced its most intense drought since recordkeeping began. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2024 In a brief order issued Thursday, Cannon rejected Trump's argument that a 1978 recordkeeping law used to manage official White House records during each presidential administration, the Presidential Records Act (PRA), should prevent the special counsel's case from moving forward. Robert Legare, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2024 Such varying reports are common in Nigeria’s kidnapping crisis, sometimes because of inadequate recordkeeping or because some hostages escape moments after their abduction. Chinedu Asadu, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 The posting lists several requirements – recordkeeping, clerical support to the mayor and aldermen, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 27 Aug. 2023 Agency leaders issued conflicting statements to explain their actions, and an investigation from The Baltimore Sun found the organization had languished for years from poor recordkeeping and oversight and high staff turnover. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024 This 1938 act effectively established the Wage and Hour Division, which is responsible for ensuring employers follow minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor laws for private and public sector workers. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recordkeeping was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Recordkeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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