noun Date: 14th century 1. the communication or reception of knowledge or intelligence 2. a. (1) knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction (2) intelligence, news (3) facts, data b. the attribute inherent in and communicated by one of two or more alternative sequences or arrangements of something (as nucleotides in DNA or binary digits in a computer program) that produce specific effects c. (1) a signal or character (as in a communication system or computer) representing data (2) something (as a message, experimental data, or a picture) which justifies change in a construct (as a plan or theory) that represents physical or mental experience or another construct d. a quantitative measure of the content of information; specifically a numerical quantity that measures the uncertainty in the outcome of an experiment to be performed 3. the act of informing against a person 4. a formal accusation of a crime made by a prosecuting officer as distinguished from an indictment presented by a grand jury • informational adjectiveinformationally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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