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factitious

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adjective fac·ti·tious \fak-ˈti-shəs\

Definition of factitious

  1. 1 :  produced by humans rather than by natural forces

  2. 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


Medical Dictionary

factitious

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adjective fac·ti·tious \fak-ˈtish-əs\

Medical Definition of factitious

  1. :  not produced by natural means





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