delineation

[dih-lin-ee-ey-shuh n]

noun

the act or process of delineating.
a chart or diagram; sketch; rough draft.
a description.

Origin of delineation

1560–70; < Late Latin dēlīneātiōn- (stem of dēlīneātiō) a sketch, equivalent to Latin dēlīneāt(us) (see delineate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsde·lin·e·a·tive [dih-lin-ee-ey-tiv, -ee-uh-tiv] /dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv/, adjectivenon·de·lin·e·a·tion, nounnon·de·lin·e·a·tive, adjectivepre·de·lin·e·a·tion, nounun·de·lin·e·a·tive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for delineation
n.

1560s, native formation from delineate, or else from Latin delineationem (nominative delineatio) "sketch, description," noun of action from past participle stem of delineare (see delineate).

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