Fifteen Types of Documents
Many terms exist that distinguish one form of documentation from another. Here aresome words for specific documents, with explanations of their functions as well asadditional definitions of the terms.1.
: an agreement made binding by a payment of money if the agreement isnot honored; also, an adhesive, restraining, or uniting element, force, or object,or, as a verb, to create such an effect2.
: a document attesting that something is true or someone isqualified, or proving debt or ownership, or, as a verb, to certify.3.
: a written contract or instrument, or grant or guarantee, that definesconditions, privileges, or rights, or a lease of all or part of a vessel, or, as a verb, toconfer such an agreement, or to offer for hire.4.
: an agreement (related but not identical to
: a written instrument detailing a political or social entity’s rules
and the rights of its citizens or members, the laws or principles of such an entity,or any custom or law; also, the composition or establishment of something
: a document detailing an agreement, often enforceable by law, between people or parties, or the agreement itself, or, as a verb, to enter into anagreement; also, in criminal jargon, an arrangement to assassinate someone.7.
a document recording a formal binding agreement, or the agreementitself, or an action to remedy breach of such an agreement, or, as a verb, to makesuch an agreement8.
: usually refers to a record of a degree earned from an educationalinstitution, although it also applies rarely in general to a document conferring anhonor or privilege or to an official document.