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[foh-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌfoʊ təˈgræf ɪk/
of or relating to photography.
used in, or produced by means of, photography:
photographic equipment; the photographic coverage of a newspaper.
suggestive of a photograph; extremely realistic and detailed:
photographic accuracy.
remembering, reproducing, or functioning with the precision of a photograph:
a photographic memory.
Sometimes, photographical.
Origin of photographic
First recorded in 1839; photograph + -ic
Related forms
photographically, adverb
nonphotographic, adjective
nonphotographical, adjective
nonphotographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for photographic
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  • They formed on the view exactly as an image develops on a photographic plate.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • No photographic fac-simile of the document, however, could be obtained.

  • Once he took us to be photographed with him in some big English photographic studio.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • The photographic magnitudes are then unequivocally determined.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
  • He had a photographic glimpse of one of his men emerging through a doorway.

    Morale Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for photographic


of or relating to photography: a photographic society, photographic materials
like a photograph in accuracy or detail
(of a person's memory) able to retain facts, appearances, etc, in precise detail, often after only a very short view of or exposure to them
Derived Forms
photographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for photographic

1839, from photograph + -ic. Photographic memory is from 1940. Related: Photographical; photographically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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