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Definition of Documentary

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documentary film or television program, informational film or television program based on actual events
pertaining to or consisting of documents; relating to or using documentation in literature or art; based on actual events or factual information
Documentary Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(a.)
Pertaining to written evidence; contained or certified in writing.
  
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documentary
\doc`u*men"ta*ry\ (?), a. pertaining to written evidence; contained or certified in writing. "documentary evidence." [


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 documentary film 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
(synonym) docudrama, documentary film, infotainment
(hypernym) movie, film, picture, moving picture, moving-picture show, motion picture, motion-picture show, picture show, pic, flick
(derivation) document

Adjective
1. relating to or consisting of or derived from documents
(synonym) documental
(pertainym) document, written document, papers
Documentary Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now includes video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made as a television program or released for screening in cinemas. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

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