working paper


Definition of working paper

1a : a paper on which tentative figures, memoranda, data, or analyses of accounts are set down during the conduct of a survey (as an audit) of a business
b : a tentative statement prepared to serve as a basis for discussion or negotiation
2 working papers plural : official documents legalizing the employment of a minor before being employed the boy had to produce his working papers

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First Known Use of working paper

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for working paper

working, gerund of work entry 3

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The first known use of working paper was in 1887

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“Working paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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