"instructive," late 14c., "formative, shaping, plastic," from Medieval Latin informativus , from Latin informatus , past participle of informare (see inform ). Related: Informatively .
Additional elements often used to persuade readers include: headings to indicate topics, to more complex formats including charts, tables, figures, pictures, tables of contents, abstracts, and nouns summaries, appendices, footnotes, hyperlinks, and references.
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late 14c., "act of informing," from Old French informacion , enformacion "information, advice, instruction," from Latin informationem (nominative informatio ) "outline, concept, idea," noun of action from past participle stem of informare (see inform ). Meaning "knowledge communicated" is from mid-15c. Information technology attested from 1958. Information revolution from 1969.
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