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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.
Origin of photographic
1839; photograph + -ic
Related forms
photographically, adverb
nonphotographic, adjective
nonphotographical, adjective
nonphotographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for photographic
  • Some of the character-sketches are as good as any published since, and far more distinctive than any photographic illustrations.
  • Now other treasures, too, were shown-treasures chiefly photographic.
  • It was an interesting experiment in photographic civics.
  • photographic fixatives are chemicals used to develop photographs.
  • Now a novel approach to photographic imaging is making its way into cameras and smartphones.
  • Kodak's shares jumped this week on some sobering news: the photographic company is cutting its workforce by a fifth.
  • According to his official biography, he has a photographic memory.
  • Programmes about supernatural experiences and photographic phantasms abound on television.
  • All three promise games of near-photographic realism and support for online play.
  • Next month a photographic archive will be added to the database, followed by a mapping system.
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.

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