[ dok-yuh-men-tey-shuh n, -muh n- ]
/ ˌdɒk yə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -mən- /


the use of documentary evidence.
a furnishing with documents, as to substantiate a claim or the data in a book or article.
Computers. manuals, listings, diagrams, and other hard- or soft-copy written and graphic materials that describe the use, operation, maintenance, or design of software or hardware: The documentation for the driver program is displayed on the screen.

Origin of documentation

First recorded in 1745–55; document + -ation

OTHER WORDS FROM documentation

doc·u·men·ta·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for documentation

/ (ˌdɒkjʊmɛnˈteɪʃən) /


the act of supplying with or using documents or references
the documents or references supplied
the furnishing and use of documentary evidence, as in a court of law
computing the written comments, graphical illustrations, flowcharts, manuals, etc, supplied with a program or software system
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