Documentary meaning

dŏkyə-mĕntə-rē
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A documentary is defined as a film or television program that is educational and tells a true story.

An example of a documentary is the An Inconvenient Truth, a movie about global warming.

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Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents.
adjective
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The definition of documentary is a film or television program that shows a story or situation truthfully.

An example of something documentary is evidence that proves someone's alibi during the time of a murder; documentary evidence.

adjective
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(of a film, book etc) Presented objectively without the insertion of fictional matter.
adjective
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A film, TV program, publication etc. which presents a social, political, scientific or historical subject in a factual or informative manner.
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Of, related to, or based on documents.
adjective
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Which serves to document (record and:or illustrate) a subject.
adjective
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Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film.
adjective
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Consisting of, supported by, contained in, or serving as a document or documents.
adjective
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A work, such as a film or television program, presenting political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner and often consisting of actual news films or interviews accompanied by narration.
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Designating or of a film, TV program, etc. that dramatically shows or analyzes news events, social conditions, etc., with little or no fictionalization.
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A documentary film, TV show, etc.
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Origin of documentary

  • From French adjective and (hence) noun documentaire, from document, from Latin documentum.

    From Wiktionary