photographic memory


: an unusual ability to remember things completely and exactly as they were seen, read, etc.

Examples of photographic memory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the Blue Sky era on the USA Network, this fun legal drama tells the story of Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant college dropout with a photographic memory who’s hired as an associate by successful corporate attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Tanya Melendez,, 6 Apr. 2024 Since the mill closed, Mr. Morton, who has a photographic memory and used to stay after work to sketch machines, built a complete virtual reality model of the mill, down to the nuts and bolts. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2024 Walsh had a fierce devotion to detail and a photographic memory that gave him the ability to sit through hours of court hearings taking notes only sparingly, then reproduce lengthy — and accurate — quotes for his stories. Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 Sounds a lot more fun than Netflix and chill, especially as related by Hirsch’s photographic memory. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Agassi, Gilbert said, had a photographic memory and an analytical mind that could take apart a match hours later, stroke by stroke, with total recall. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 Scientists have yet to prove that photographic memory exists. Kelly Santana Banks, Discover Magazine, 16 Apr. 2023 Every dozen or so episodes, someone new finds out Mike is not a real lawyer and needs to be bribed, blackmailed, or brought into the cabal of secret-keepers for this mediocre white man who happens to have a photographic memory. Time, 11 Aug. 2023 Some people have a photographic memory; others have perfect pitch. Kenneth Goetz, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2023

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“Photographic memory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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