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Document

A written or printed instrument that conveys information.

The term document generally refers to a particular writing or instrument that has a bearing upon specific transactions. A deed, a marriage license, and a record of account are all considered to be documents.

When a document is signed and the signature is authentic, the law accurately expresses the state of mind of the individual who signed it. A false document is one of which a material portion is purported to have been made or authorized by someone who did not do so. It can also be a document that is falsely dated or which has allegedly been made by or on behalf of someone who did not in fact exist.

An ancient document is a writing presumed by the court to be genuine due to its antiquity, because it has been produced from a reliable source where it would be logically found, and because it has been carefully kept.

A private document is any instrument executed by a private citizen. A public document is one that is or should legally be readily available for inspection by the public, as a document issued by Congress or a governmental department.

Judicial documents include inquisitions, depositions, examinations, and affidavits.

Cross-references

Ancient Writing.

document

n. a popular generic word among lawyers for any paper with writing on it. Technically it could include a piece of wood with a will or message scratched on it. (See: documentary evidence)

document

noun book, certificate, confirmation, diploma, evidence, evidentiary record, instrument, litterae, official publication, paper, proof, record, recorded material, register, report, tabula, verification, writ, written material
Associated concepts: allograph, ancient documents, cancellation of document, document of a public nature, document of title, integrated document, legal documents, public doccment

document

verb assemble the facts, authenticate, back, bear out, buttress, circumstantiate, collect evidence, confirm, corroborate, demonstrate, establish, evidence, fortify, give references, justify, make certain, make evvdent, manifest, prove, provide with documents, provide with proof, show, strengthen, substantiate, support, uphold, validate, verify
See also: adduce, attest, bear, blank, certify, cite, confirm, corroborate, deed, dossier, establish, evidence, file, form, index, itemize, note, quote, record, relate, roll, show, state, sustain, verify, will
References in classic literature ?
Let us presume, for argument's sake, that the document was taken by the maid or by the valet "
If one is missing--especially if he has disappeared since last night-- we will have some indication as to where the document has gone.
From an expression which my husband dropped in the first shock of this disaster I understood that terrible public consequences might arise from the loss of this document.
The man's death is a mere incident--a trivial episode--in comparison with our real task, which is to trace this document and save a European catastrophe.
I know of your visit to Eduardo Lucas, of your giving him this document, of your ingenious return to the room last night, and of the manner in which you took the letter from the hiding-place under the carpet.
Holmes thrust the blue envelope deep down into the heart of them, between the leaves of some other document.
He said that he would return my letter if I would bring him a certain document which he described in my husband's despatch-box.
Lucas quickly turned back the drugget, thrust the document into some hiding-place there, and covered it over.
But nothing sensational was discovered among the documents which filled his drawers.
In the further progress of the legend, there is a long, grotesque, and occasionally awe-striking account of the carpenter's incantations(if so they are to be called), with a view of discovering the lost document.
ANY IMAGE CAN BE stored--whether it's a handwritten or typed document, a photograph, a drawing, a flowchart, a computer printout, an invoice, a tax return, an X-ray, even a fingerprint.
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