Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) (communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome
  2. (noun, cognition) knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
  3. (noun, communication) a message received and understood
  4. (noun, communication) formal accusation of a crime
  5. (noun, group) a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn

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Synonyms of Information

data, entropy, info, selective information

Origin of the word Information

  1. late 14c., "act of informing," from O.Fr. informacion, from L. informationem (nom. informatio) "outline, concept, idea," noun of action from informare (see inform). Meaning "knowledge communicated" is from c.1450. Short form info is attested from 1906. Infomercial (with commercial) and infotainment (with entertainmentmore

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