Definition of factitious
1 : produced by humans rather than by natural forces It seems probable that several of the mounds are factitious.
2a : formed by or adapted to an artificial or conventional standard factitious tastes and valuesb : produced by special effort : sham created a factitious demand by spreading rumors of shortage
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Examples of factitious in a Sentence
presumably the statue is of factitious marble, because for that price you're not going to get the real stuff
the factitious friendliness shown by the beauty-pageant contestants to one another
Recent Examples of factitious from the Web
That’s because, for the most part, music is used in movies as sonic wallpaper, covering silences and images with an indifferent and casually factitious unity.
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Did You Know?
Like the common words "fact" and "factual," "factitious" ultimately comes from the Latin verb facere, meaning "to do" or "to make." But in current use, "factitious" has little to do with things factual and true - in fact, "factitious" often implies the opposite. The most immediate ancestor of "factitious" is the Latin adjective facticius, meaning "made by art" or "artificial." When English speakers first adopted the word as "factitious" in the 17th century, it meant "produced by human effort or skill" (rather than arising from nature). This meaning gave rise to such meanings as "artificial" and "false" or "feigned."
Medical Definition of factitious
: not produced by natural means
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