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diplomatics

[dip-luh-mat-iks] /ˌdɪp ləˈmæt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the science of deciphering old official documents, as charters, and of determining their authenticity, age, or the like.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; see diplomatic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for diplomatics

diplomatics

/ˌdɪpləˈmætɪks/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the critical study of historical documents
2.
a less common word for diplomacy
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the study of documents. The term is derived from the Greek word diploma, meaning "doubled" or "folded." Besides the documents of legal and administrative import withwhich it is properly concerned, diplomatics also includes the study of other records such as bills, reports, cartularies, registers, and rolls. Diplomatics is therefore a basic and not simply an auxiliary historical science.

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