late 14c., recordacioun, "faculty of remembering," from Old French recordacion "record, memory" (14c.) and directly from Latin recordationem (nominative recordatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of recordari "to remember, be mindful of" (see record (v.)). The meaning "act or process of committing to writing" is from mid-15c., but might have grown obsolete and been revived or recoined by Bentham c. 1810.
updated on May 27, 2021
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