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adjective fic·ti·tious \fik-ˈti-shəs\

Simple Definition of fictitious

  • : not true or real

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fictitious

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction :  imaginary

  2. 2 a :  conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted <a fictitious concept> b of a name :  false, assumed

  3. 3 :  not genuinely felt

fictitiously adverb
fictitiousness noun

Examples of fictitious in a sentence

  1. The characters in the book are all fictitious.

  2. She gave a fictitious address on the application.

Did You Know?

Fictitious is related to the Latin word ficticius, meaning "artificial" or "feigned." It was first used in English as an antonym for "natural." For instance, a fake diamond would be referred to as a fictitious one. This use indicates the word's deeper Latin roots. Ficticius is from Latin fingere, meaning "to shape, form, or devise." Nowadays, "fictitious" is no longer used for physical things shaped by the human hand. Rather, it is typically used for imaginative creations or for feigned emotions.

Origin of fictitious

Latin ficticius artificial, feigned, from fictus

First Known Use: circa 1633

Synonym Discussion of fictitious

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception <fictitious characters>. fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence <a land of fabulous riches>. legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition <the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett>. mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination <mythical creatures>. apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate <a book that repeats many apocryphal stories>.

FICTITIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective fic·ti·tious \fik-ˈti-shəs\

Definition of fictitious for Students

  1. :  not real <a fictitious country>

Law Dictionary


adjective fic·ti·tious

Legal Definition of fictitious

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a legal fiction

  2. 2 :  false

fictitiously adverb
fictitiousness noun

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