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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
For Jordan, a Tinley Park, Ill., native whose real name is Nathan Everhart, being brought into the fictitious storyline is a big opportunity at solo success within the WWE.
McCullum, according to prosecutors, opened a Hotmail account under a fictitious name and e-mailed the images to reporters, politicians, and others.
How come nobody assumes I’d be offered a fictitious skin cream?
Tour de Pharmacy takes a fictitious look back at the 1982 Tour de France, an event so scandalized with drug cheats that 170 riders were disqualified and only five continued to compete.
Louies believes that although the fictitious plant root can be found in tantric shops across India, the bulk of the trade happens online.
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.
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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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