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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents.
  • adj. Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, related to, or based on documents.
  • adj. which serves to document (record and:or illustrate) a subject.
  • adj. presented objectively without the insertion of fictional matter.
  • n. A film, TV program, publication etc. which presents a social, political, scientific or historical subject in a factual or informative manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to written evidence; contained or certified in writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or derived from documents; consisting in documents.
  • Educational; instructional.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
  • adj. relating to or consisting of or derived from documents
  • n. a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event

Etymologies

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

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