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[n. dok-yuh-muh nt; v. dok-yuh-ment] /n. ˈdɒk yə mənt; v. ˈdɒk yəˌmɛnt/
noun
1.
a written or printed paper furnishing information or evidence, as a passport, deed, bill of sale, or bill of lading; a legal or official paper.
2.
any written item, as a book, article, or letter, especially of a factual or informative nature.
3.
a computer data file.
4.
Archaic. evidence; proof.
verb (used with object)
5.
to furnish with documents.
6.
to furnish with references, citations, etc., in support of statements made:
a carefully documented biography.
7.
to support by documentary evidence:
to document a case.
8.
Nautical. to provide (a vessel) with a certificate giving particulars concerning nationality, ownership, tonnage, dimensions, etc.
9.
Obsolete. to instruct.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin documentum example (as precedent, warning, etc.), equivalent to doc- (stem of docēre to teach) + -u- (variant of -i- -i- before labials) + -mentum -ment
Related forms
documentable
[dok-yuh-men-tuh-buh l, dok-yuh-men-] /ˈdɒk yəˌmɛn tə bəl, ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
documenter, noun
nondocumented, adjective, noun
redocument, verb (used with object)
well-documented, adjective
Synonyms
6. corroborate, verify, substantiate, validate.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-documented

well-documented

adjective (well documented when postpositive)
1.
widely recorded or recounted a well-documented fact

document

noun (ˈdɒkjʊmənt)
1.
a piece of paper, booklet, etc, providing information, esp of an official or legal nature
2.
a piece of text or text and graphics stored in a computer as a file for manipulation by document processing software
3.
(archaic) evidence; proof
verb (transitive) (ˈdɒkjʊˌmɛnt)
4.
to record or report in detail, as in the press, on television, etc the trial was well documented by the media
5.
to support (statements in a book) with citations, references, etc
6.
to support (a claim, etc) with evidence or proof
7.
to furnish (a vessel) with official documents specifying its ownership, registration, weight, dimensions, and function
Word Origin
C15: from Latin documentum a lesson, from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for well-documented
document
mid-15c., "teaching, instruction," from M.Fr. document "lesson, written evidence," from L. documentum "example, proof, lesson," in M.L. "official written instrument," from docere "to show, teach" (see doctor). Meaning "something written that provides proof or evidence" is from 1727; the verb meaning "to support by documentary evidence" is from 1711. Related: Documented; documents.
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