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[dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/

Also, documental
[dok-yuh-men-tl] /ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA). pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from :
a documentary history of France.
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.
noun, plural documentaries.
Movies, Television. a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.
/ˌdɒkjʊˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
Also documental. consisting of, derived from, or relating to documents
presenting factual material with little or no fictional additions: the book gives a documentary account of the war
noun (pl) -ries
a factual film or television programme about an event, person, etc, presenting the facts with little or no fiction

c.1810, “pertaining to documents,” from document + -ary. Meaning “factual, meant to provide a record of something” is from 1926, from French film documentarie (1924). The noun (short for documentary film) is attested from 1935. Docudrama is a 1961 coinage.


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