fictional

adjective
fic·​tion·​al | \ ˈfik-shnəl How to pronounce fictional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of fictional

: of, relating to, characterized by, or occurring in fiction : invented by the imagination a fictional story/character fictional dialogue Over the past 15 years, Noble has created a fantastical, awe-inspiring fictional city called Nobson Newtown, which he renders in painstakingly detailed pencil drawings …— Steve Rose There are several surprises about stories. The first is that we spend a great deal of time in fictional worlds, whether in daydreams, novels, confabulations or life narratives. When all is tallied up, the decades we spend in the realm of fantasy outstrip the time we spend in the real world.— David Eagleman Besides scholarly writings and cultural criticism, he's turned out a fictional mystery series starring Edgar Allan Poe …— Edward Lewine

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fictionally \ ˈfik-​shnəl-​ē How to pronounce fictional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb
… a film that documents the history of space science and fictionally portrays a journey to the moon … — Lynn Baker et al.

First Known Use of fictional

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fictional was in 1834

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“Fictional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fictional. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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fictional

adjective
fic·​tion·​al | \ ˈfik-shə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of fictional

: not real or true : made-up a fictional character

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