- a written or printed paper furnishing information or evidence, as a passport, deed, bill of sale, or bill of lading; a legal or official paper.
- any written item, as a book, article, or letter, especially of a factual or informative nature.
- a computer data file.
- Archaic. evidence; proof.
- to furnish with documents.
- to furnish with references, citations, etc., in support of statements made: a carefully documented biography.
- to support by documentary evidence: to document a case.
- Nautical. to provide (a vessel) with a certificate giving particulars concerning nationality, ownership, tonnage, dimensions, etc.
- Obsolete. to instruct.
Origin of document
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Examples from the Web for well-documented
This is a well-documented phenomenon which does not worry specialists.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
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Further, the contagion effect of suicide and the resultant attention to it is a well-documented phenomenon.'Genie, You're Free': Suicide Is Not Liberation
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There is some scientific merit to some alternative modalities, such as the well-documented placebo effect.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
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Sinclair published a well-documented book on the subject in 2012.We Watch the DSK Sex Romp So You Don’t Have To
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There was also well-documented evidence that Bush had done cocaine during the same period.Karl Rove’s Awful, and Afactual, Remarks About Hillary Clinton’s Health
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- widely recorded or recounteda well-documented fact
- a piece of paper, booklet, etc, providing information, esp of an official or legal nature
- a piece of text or text and graphics stored in a computer as a file for manipulation by document processing software
- archaic evidence; proof
- to record or report in detail, as in the press, on television, etcthe trial was well documented by the media
- to support (statements in a book) with citations, references, etc
- to support (a claim, etc) with evidence or proof
- to furnish (a vessel) with official documents specifying its ownership, registration, weight, dimensions, and function
Word Origin and History for well-documented
early 15c., "teaching, instruction," from Old French document (13c.) "lesson, written evidence," from Latin documentum "example, proof, lesson," in Medieval Latin "official written instrument," from docere "to show, teach" (see doctor (n.)). Meaning "something written that provides proof or evidence" is from early 18c. Related: Documents.
1640s, "to teach;" see document (n.). Meaning "to support by documentary evidence" is from 1711. Related: Documented; documenting.