Definition of audit trail in English:

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audit trail

noun

1A system that traces the detailed transactions relating to any item in an accounting record: with no satisfactory audit trail, not all overpayments had been identified
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  • Records of organic authenticity constitute an audit trail from farm to consumer.
  • Every document needs to be recorded electronically, and there needs to be a complete audit trail.
  • Educating and helping a farmer develop an appropriate audit trail will usually greatly improve record keeping.
1.1 Computing A record of the changes that have been made to a database or file: you must be able to provide a complete audit trail of user activity across all these systems
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  • You have an expensive content management system that provides an audit trail of everyone who has been in contact with any internal file.
  • Like a conventional crime scene, PCs contain evidence and an audit trail of user activity.
  • Obviously we can increase access control and audit trails, but reviewing such data for abuse is a daunting, if not impossible task.

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Syllabification: au·dit trail

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