- Also doc·u·men·tal [dok-yuh-men-tl] /ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn tl/. pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from documents: a documentary history of France.
- Movies, Television. based on or re-creating an actual event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements: a documentary life of Gandhi.
- Movies, Television. a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.
Origin of documentary
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- Also: documental consisting of, derived from, or relating to documents
- presenting factual material with little or no fictional additionsthe book gives a documentary account of the war
- a factual film or television programme about an event, person, etc, presenting the facts with little or no fiction
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Word Origin and History for non-documentary
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