a system of graphic symbols for a specialized use, other than ordinary writing: musical notation.
the process or method of noting or setting down by means of a special system of signs or symbols.
the act of noting, marking, or setting down in writing.
a note, jotting, or record; annotation: notations in the margin.

1560–70; < Latin notātiōn- (stem of notātiō) a marking, equivalent to notāt(us) (past participle of notāre to note) + -iōn- -ion

notational, adjective
nonnotational, adjective
renotation, noun
subnotation, noun
subnotational, adjective
unnotational, adjective Unabridged
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notation (nəʊˈteɪʃən)
1.  any series of signs or symbols used to represent quantities or elements in a specialized system, such as music or mathematics
2.  the act or process of notating
3.  a.  the act of noting down
 b.  a note or record
[C16: from Latin notātiō a marking, from notāre to note]

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Word Origin & History

1570, "explanation of a term," from L. notationem (nom. notatio) "a marking, notation, explanation," from notatus, pp. of notare "to note." Meaning "system of representing numbers or quantities by signs or symbols" is attested from 1706.
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Example sentences
Notation should be considered a set of instructions for performers.
There is no notation on any transcript or diploma as to whether a student was
  on site or not.
Alphabets, syllabaries, and raised notation systems are all forms of writing
It's a new way of realizing the promise of music notation.
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