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factitious

factitious

adjective fac·ti·tious \fak-ˈti-shəs\

Definition of FACTITIOUS

1
:  produced by humans rather than by natural forces
2
a :  formed by or adapted to an artificial or conventional standard
b :  produced by special effort :  sham <created a factitious demand by spreading rumors of shortage>
fac·ti·tious·ly adverb
fac·ti·tious·ness noun

Examples of FACTITIOUS

  1. <presumably the statue is of factitious marble, because for that price you're not going to get the real stuff>
  2. <the factitious friendliness shown by the beauty-pageant contestants to one another>

Origin of FACTITIOUS

Latin facticius, from factus, past participle of facere to make, do — more at do
First Known Use: 1646

factitious

adjective fac·ti·tious \fak-ˈtish-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FACTITIOUS

:  not produced by natural means

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