Pronunciation: (dok"yu-men'tu-rē, -trē), [key]
—adj., n., pl. -ries.
1. Also,doc•u•men•talPronunciation: (dok"yu-men'tl). [key]pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from documents: a documentary history of France.
2. Motion Pictures, 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.
Motion Pictures, Television.a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.
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