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 pho·to·graph·i·cal.

Origin of photographic

First recorded in 1839; photograph + -ic
Related formspho·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·pho·to·graph·ic, adjectivenon·pho·to·graph·i·cal, adjectivenon·pho·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for photographic

Contemporary Examples of photographic

Historical Examples of photographic

  • 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.


    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for photographic



of or relating to photographya 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 Formsphotographically, 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