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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.
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 1633
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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