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I'm looking for a noun that would represent the state of being up to date.

I want to say this

The documentation is not accurate and up to date.

like this

The documentation has problems with accuracy and __.

Various on-line dictionaries say up-to-dateness but that is kind of clumsy. Are there any alternatives?

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This is a difficult one to put across in one word, but if I were determined I would go for 'timeliness'. Though beware, that predominantly means being on time in relation to appearing somewhere. –  Nieszka Jun 27 '12 at 12:52
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Regardless of whether such a word exists or not, using such abstract nouns is a considered poor style and is harder to read. Maybe you are in a situation where you can't avoid using a noun, but if you can (such as in your example sentence), please avoid it. –  rumtscho Jun 27 '12 at 12:54
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I am surprised nobody has mentioned gerunds yet. Being up-to-date. –  RegDwigнt Jun 27 '12 at 13:00
    
I think there are two different properties that are being talked about here. Up-to-date documentation might nonetheless be inaccurate; documentation might be accurate but not up-to-date. I think the revised version of James McLeod's is best. –  Dilip Sarwate Jun 27 '12 at 19:04
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Change it to emphasize the negative:

The document is inaccurate and out of date.

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That's by far the best suggestion, thanks. –  David Štula Jun 27 '12 at 14:03
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On reflection, I prefer "The document is neither accurate nor up-to-date" to what I suggested originally - it's a little more emphatic. –  James McLeod Jun 27 '12 at 14:42
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I would use current. Like so:

The document is neither current nor accurate, which caused me a lot of trouble.

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You could say "currency". "The document has problems with accuracy and currency." This would be technically correct, but it's a slightly uncommon use of the word "currency", just enough that readers might be confused by it.

I think it would be more clear to say, "The document is not accurate nor current," or "There have been problems with keeping the document accurate and current."

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Is "not accurate nor current" an acceptable usage or should it be "neither accurate nor current"? –  Dilip Sarwate Jun 27 '12 at 20:22
    
"... not ... nor" is valid, but it is indeed more common and probably preferable to say "neither ... nor". –  Jay Jun 28 '12 at 13:50
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You could try modernity, currency, recentness, or contemporaneousness.

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Aren't these more related to meeting current standards and trends? What I'm trying to say is, that the documentation reflects reality and new features are not missing. –  David Štula Jun 27 '12 at 13:01
    
Isn't possesion of latest feaures covered by 'current'? The noun form of current is 'currency'. To be honest, I think your problem is largely self-inflicted by insisting on using a noun. Is there a reason for avoiding adjectives? Those bad boys are designed for describing objects such as documents... –  Roaring Fish Jun 27 '12 at 13:11
    
I completely agree, adjectives are certainly better. However, I asked because I'm curious if there is such a word. Currency sounds good. –  David Štula Jun 27 '12 at 13:24
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Contemporaneity and maintenance would both work in your sentence.

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