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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
Vences-Lopez was arrested by the officer on May 14 on charges of fare evasion, obstruction, and providing a fictitious name.
In a short hearing Tuesday morning at the Yorkville courthouse, Judge Robert P. Pilmer granted the motion for the man to file using a fictitious name.
Investigators say the scheme involved a group of people who regularly participated in reporting fictitious automobile crashes, bogus injuries and property damage in southwestern Louisiana.
Brad Pitt plays a General McChrystal-like figure as the fictitious Gen. Glenn McMahon in Netflix's satirical war movie.
But their immigration status in this country is uncertain; many were brought here with visas obtained using false information, the authorities said, including fictitious occupations and phony backgrounds.
Redsmoke, which consists of a series of hip, textless animations accompanied by electronic music written by Baldwin, began as a fictitious promotional tool for an imaginary rock band.
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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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