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documentary

Syllabification: doc·u·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌdäkyəˈment(ə)rē
 
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Definition of documentary in English:

adjective

1Consisting of official pieces of written, printed, or other matter: his book is based on documentary sources
More example sentences
  • We had told Mr Blunkett's officials about our irrefutable documentary evidence before he wrote his article.
  • The discussion so far has been mainly based upon literary and documentary evidence.
  • His published record was the first documentary evidence in Europe of the existence of the New World.
Synonyms
recorded, documented, registered, written, chronicled, archived, on record, on paper, in writing
1.1(Of a movie, a television or radio program, or photography) using pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report: he has directed documentary shorts and feature films
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  • Loach also commented that the use of documentary elements reflected the programme's scheduling.
  • He belonged to the generation of broadcasters who saw documentary reporting as the highest possible calling.
  • On the last day, the subjects went to a law school where they saw a documentary re-enactment of a real rape trial.
Synonyms

noun (plural documentaries)

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A movie or a television or radio program that provides a factual record or report.
Example sentences
  • In the last month he has been the subject of two television documentaries.
  • There are many books, films and documentaries on the subject of widows in India.
  • His exploits are to be screened on two television documentaries about the sport.
Synonyms
factual program, factual film;
program, film, broadcast;

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