Definitions of papers
  1. noun
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
    synonyms: document, written document
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    a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
    a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
    a document containing the terms of surrender
    certificate, certification, credential, credentials
    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
    a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
    commercial document, commercial instrument
    a document of or relating to commerce
    a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
    copyright, right of first publication
    a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
    enclosure, inclosure
    something (usually a supporting document) that is enclosed in an envelope with a covering letter
    a printed document with spaces in which to write
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
    a document written on papyrus
    patent, patent of invention
    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
    platform, political platform, political program, program
    a document stating the aims and principles of a political party
    a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign
    declaration, resolution, resolve
    a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
    a document (or organization) from which information is obtained
    (patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed description of the nature and use of an invention
    a document that serves as evidence of some expenditure
    report, study, written report
    a written document describing the findings of some individual or group
    articles of incorporation
    a legal document that creates a corporation; it is filed with a state by the founders of a corporation and is governed by the laws of the state
    application form
    a form to use when making an application
    claim form
    a form to use when filing a claim
    order form
    a form to use when placing an order
    a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
    requisition, requisition form
    an official form on which a request is made
    tax form
    a form to use when paying your taxes
    telegraph form
    a form to use when sending a telegram
    absentee ballot
    (election) a ballot that is cast while absent (usually mailed in prior to election day)
    certificate of incorporation
    state approval of the articles of incorporation of a corporation
    bank charter
    a charter authorizing the operation of a bank
    royal charter
    a charter granted by the sovereign (especially in Great Britain)
    birth certificate
    a copy of the official document giving details of a person's birth
    diploma, sheepskin
    a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
    commission, military commission
    an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
    bill of health
    a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
    a document certifying an act of registering
    teacher's certificate, teaching certificate
    a certificate saying that the holder is qualified to teach in the public schools
    derivative, derivative instrument
    a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
    negotiable instrument
    an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money
    a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country
    ship's papers
    official papers which a ship is legally required to have; related to ownership, cargo, etc.
    a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane
    abdication, stepping down
    the act of abdicating
    joint resolution
    a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the Chief Executive (or passed over the Chief Executive's veto)
    financial statement, statement
    a document showing credits and debits
    coupon, voucher
    a negotiable certificate that can be detached and redeemed as needed
    a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
    a certificate or voucher acknowledging a debt
    appraisal, estimate, estimation
    a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)
    order, purchase order
    a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
    power of attorney
    a legal instrument authorizing someone to act as the grantor's agent
    letters of administration
    legal document naming someone to administer an estate when no executor has been named
    letters testamentary
    a legal document from a probate court or court officer informing you of your appointment as executor of a will and empowering you to discharge those responsibilities
    work papers, work permit, working papers
    a legal document giving information required for employment of certain people in certain countries
    act, enactment
    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
    legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity
    bill, measure
    a statute in draft before it becomes law
    brief, legal brief
    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
    testament, will
    a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
    probate, probate will
    a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
    living will
    a document written by someone still legally capable requesting that he should be allowed to die if subsequently severely disabled or suffering terminal illness
    deed, deed of conveyance, title
    a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it
    the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
    deed of trust, trust deed
    a written instrument legally conveying property to a trustee often used to secure an obligation such as a mortgage or promissory note
    document effecting a property transfer
    income tax return, return, tax return
    document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
    licence, license, permit
    a legal document giving official permission to do something
    letters patent, patent
    an official document granting a right or privilege
    judgement, judgment, legal opinion, opinion
    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
    acquittance, release
    a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
    judicial writ, writ
    (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
    authorisation, authorization, mandate
    a document giving an official instruction or command
    source materials
    publications from which information is obtained
    fountainhead, well, wellspring
    an abundant source
    written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
    written agreement
    a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
    a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance
    case study
    a careful study of some social unit (as a corporation or division within a corporation) that attempts to determine what factors led to its success or failure
    white book, white paper
    a government report; bound in white
    blue book
    a report published by the British government; bound in blue
    green paper
    a preliminary report of government proposals that is published in order to stimulate discussion
    progress report
    a report of work accomplished during a specified time period
    position paper
    a report that explains or justifies or recommends some particular policy
    medical report
    a report of the results of a medical examination of a patient
    bill of indictment, indictment
    a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
    a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
    a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment
    certificate, security
    a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
    primary source
    a firsthand account or contemporary document or artifact that provides information about an event or time period
    secondary source
    a source that describes or analyzes information from primary sources
    type of:
    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
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