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doc·u·men·ta·ry [dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
adjective, noun, plural -ries.

  1. Also, doc·u·men·tal  [dok-yuh-men-tl] . 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.
  3. Movies, Television . a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.

Related forms
doc·u·men·tar·i·ly, adverb
non·doc·u·men·tal, adjective
non·doc·u·men·ta·ry, adjective, noun, plural -ries.
pre·doc·u·men·ta·ry, adjective
sem·i·doc·u·men·ta·ry, adjective, noun, plural -ries.


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