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documentary

[dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/
adjective
1.
Also, documental
[dok-yuh-men-tl] /ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA)
. pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from documents:
a documentary history of France.
2.
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 documentaries.
3.
Movies, Television. a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; document + -ary
Related forms
documentarily, adverb
nondocumental, adjective
nondocumentary, adjective, noun, plural nondocumentaries.
predocumentary, adjective
semidocumentary, adjective, noun, plural semidocumentaries.
undocumentary, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un documentary

documentary

/ˌdɒkjʊˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
Also documental. consisting of, derived from, or relating to documents
2.
presenting factual material with little or no fictional additions: the book gives a documentary account of the war
noun (pl) -ries
3.
a factual film or television programme about an event, person, etc, presenting the facts with little or no fiction
Derived Forms
documentarily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un documentary

documentary

adj.

c.1810, "pertaining to documents," from document + -ary. Meaning "factual, meant to provide a record of something" is from 1926, from French film documentarie (1924). The noun (short for documentary film) is attested from 1935. Docudrama is a 1961 coinage.

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