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documentary

[ dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ 藢d蓲k y蓹藞m蓻n t蓹 ri, -tri /
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adjective
Also doc路u路men路tal [dok-yuh-men-tl]. /藢d蓲k y蓹藞m蓻n 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.
noun, plural doc路u路men路ta路ries.
Movies, Television. a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.
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Origin of documentary

First recorded in 1795鈥1805; document + -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM documentary

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British Dictionary definitions for documentary

documentary
/ (藢d蓲kj蕣藞m蓻nt蓹r瑟, -tr瑟) /

adjective
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
noun plural -ries
a factual film or television programme about an event, person, etc, presenting the facts with little or no fiction

Derived forms of documentary

documentarily, adverb
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