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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Strongsville driver was cited for fictitious plates. John Benson, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 His mobile phone number matches the show’s fictitious one exactly. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 After the shooting, Jones took to his popular web talk show on, which has trafficked in various fictitious conspiracy theories, to spread baseless and inflammatory statements about the massacre., 1 Oct. 2021 This should be seen as a warning to any business, organization or entity that maintains a Facebook page that access shouldn't depend on one user, and certainly not a fictitious one. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 In court filings from his 2009 trial, the Justice Department said that Stilley and a business associate had evaded federal taxes through a fictitious entity called the Bondage Breakers Ministry. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2021 Frank Williams: These pictures aren't fictitious pictures taken from a movie. CBS News, 18 Sep. 2021 Binning said the Republican Party has become distracted from its former focus on fiscal conservativism and instead become fixated on nursing Trump grievances such as his fictitious claim that the 2020 election was stolen. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 Of course Sandra Oh is excellent as Ji-Yoon Kim, the bright and complex woman who’s appointed chair of the English Department at fictitious Pembroke University. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fictitious

: not true or real


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

Kids Definition of fictitious

: 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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fictitiousness noun

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