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Examples of fictitious in a Sentence
The characters in the book are all fictitious.
She gave a fictitious address on the application.
Recent Examples of fictitious from the Web
However, when the GAO tried to receive Lifeline payments on behalf of a fictitious phone carrier, the application was rejected by USAC.
Authorities learned the apartment was being rented under a fake name, using a fictitious drivers license and earning statements from a company that agents were unable to verify exists, authorities say.
The mystical monster of Native legend may be just that, but there is no doubt the recent sighting is not fictitious.
Moat Lane, a fictitious street in North London that originated in the TeleAtlas directory, was temporarily marked on Google Maps.
In the early 20th century, Le Corbusier created the fictitious character Le Modulor—an able-bodied man, of average height and dimension, around whom Le Corbusier believed standardized design should revolve.
Eventually, the manuscripts are sold for a much larger price to one Bruce Cable, owner of a respectable bookstore on Camino Island, a fictitious resort island off the Miami coast.
All 12 defendants face one count each of procuring or submitting voter registration applications known to be false, fictitious or fraudulent.
Travelers will start in Seattle before venturing out to the snowy mountains of Olympic National Park, and eventually over to Snoqualmie, the real setting for the fictitious town of Twin Peaks.
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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 and Etymology of fictitious
Latin ficticius artificial, feigned, from fictus
First Known Use: circa 1633See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of fictitious
FICTITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fictitious for English Language Learners
: not true or real
FICTITIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of fictitious for Students
: not real a fictitious country
Legal Definition of fictitious
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a legal fiction
2 : false
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