fictitious

adjective
fic·​ti·​tious | \ fik-ˈti-shəs How to pronounce fictitious (audio) \

Definition of fictitious

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction : imaginary fictitious events described in his novel
2a : conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted a fictitious concept
b of a name : false, assumed
3 : not genuinely felt

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Other Words from fictitious

fictitiously adverb
fictitiousness noun

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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

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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.

Examples of fictitious in a Sentence

The characters in the book are all fictitious. She gave a fictitious address on the application.

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The term originated with an eponymous novel by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer , The Ugly American, published in 1958 and depicting the failures of the United States diplomatic corps in the fictitious Southeast Asian country of Surkhana. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Ryan Lochte is the Ultimate Ugly American," 22 Aug. 2016 Changing the description of the fictitious past participants so that they were asked about an unrelated ethical issue reduced the bias to statistically insignificant noise. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 In the meantime the persistence of fictitious claims led innumerable generations of mariners astray. A. Roger Ekirch, WSJ, "‘The Phantom Atlas’ Review: Maps With Gaps," 5 Apr. 2018 Pacific Asean Airlines While Pacific Asean Airlines is fictitious, Singapore Airlines has an equally sumptuous product, and was recently named the world’s best. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Crazy Rich Asians," 8 Aug. 2018 Although Damon’s story is fictitious, his life reflects the stark reality that many LGBTQ homeless youth still live every day, decades later. Terrence Chappell, Teen Vogue, ""Pose" Takes Place in the 1980s, But Conversations About LGBTQ Homelessness and AIDS Are Still So Important," 15 July 2018 Ever wonder what goes into preparing a Christmas when our favorite fictitious monkey is in charge? Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 Both defendants said they were tricked by Hussain during the sting, which involved a business loan using money from a fictitious missile sale. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Limo company owner was a controversial FBI informant," 9 Oct. 2018 Ilir Sela, owner of online pizza-ordering service SliceLife, was floored in March when the Season Five premiere featured a fictitious pizza company named SliceLine stealing engineers from Pied Piper. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Actual Silicon Valley Startup Gets Inspiration From HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Startup," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fictitious

circa 1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fictitious

borrowed from Medieval Latin fictīcius "artificial, imaginary, feigned, fraudulent," going back to Latin, "artificial, not natural," from fictus, past participle of fingere "to mold, fashion, make a likeness of, pretend to be" + -īcius -itious — more at feign

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fictitious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fictitious

: not true or real

fictitious

adjective
fic·​ti·​tious | \ fik-ˈti-shəs How to pronounce fictitious (audio) \

Kids Definition of fictitious

: not real a fictitious country

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Legal Definition of fictitious

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a legal fiction
2 : false

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