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documentary

adjective doc·u·men·ta·ry \ -ˈmen-tə-rē , -ˈmen-trē \

Definition of documentary

1 :being or consisting of documents :contained or certified in writing
  • documentary evidence
2 :of, relating to, or employing documentation (see documentation 2) in literature or art; broadly :factual, objective
  • a documentary film of the war

documentarily

play \-mən-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˌmen-\ adverb

Examples of documentary in a Sentence

  1. You must present documentary proof of your residence.

  2. a documentary film about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor

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documentary

noun

Definition of documentary

plural documentaries
:a presentation (such as a film or novel) expressing or dealing with factual events :a documentary presentation

Examples of documentary in a Sentence

  1. We watched a documentary on the early history of jazz.

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Origin and Etymology of documentary

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DOCUMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

documentary

adjective

Definition of documentary for English Language Learners

  • : consisting of documents : written down


documentary

noun

Definition of documentary for English Language Learners

  • : a movie or television program that tells the facts about actual people and events


DOCUMENTARY Defined for Kids

documentary

noun doc·u·men·ta·ry \ ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē , -ˈmen-trē \

Definition of documentary for Students

plural documentaries
:a film that tells the facts about something

Law Dictionary

documentary

adjective doc·u·men·ta·ry \ ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē \

legal Definition of documentary

:being, consisting of, or contained in documents
  • documentary evidence


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