noun Date: 1884 1. the act or an instance of furnishing or authenticating with documents 2. a. the provision of documents in substantiation; also documentary evidence b. (1) the use of historical documents (2) conformity to historical or objective facts (3) the provision of footnotes, appendices, or addenda referring to or containing documentary evidence 3. information science 4. the usually printed instructions, comments, and information for using a particular piece or system of computer software or hardwaredocumentational adjective

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