fictitious

adjective
fic·​ti·​tious | \fik-ˈti-shəs \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for fictitious

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 quaint brick town is just as charming as fictitious Starkfield, but with an artful undercurrent and cultural relevance that’s worthy of its two and a half hour drive from New York. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Likely the hatáli, or traditional medicine men, who figure in the fictitious world of Hillerman’s monolithic Navajo still exist, though their numbers have dwindled. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 This elusive, possibly fictitious animal goes by a number of different names—Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yowie, Skunk Ape, Yayali—and for centuries, people across North America have had sightings. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 In this case, Tara (a shiny Haven Burton), a former member of the dance team for the (fictitious) New Jersey Cougars, is assigned the task of assembling a publicity-garnering novelty act of seniors doing hip-hop. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Hip-Hopping With the Stars in ‘Half Time’," 14 June 2018 That scene features participants and enthusiasts who were often young, black or Latino and gay or transgender and took on fictitious personas that elevated their status into the stratosphere — if only for the duration of the ball. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 In one instance, an FBI IT specialist with top-secret security clearance failed four polygraph tests and admitted to having created a fictitious Facebook account to communicate with a foreign national, but received no disciplinary action for that. Eric Lichtblau, Time, "The FBI Is in Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think," 3 May 2018 The messages were released through fictitious personas like DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Moscow accused of US election meddling in indictment," 13 July 2018 The regulator has described Mr. Chan as the guiding mind in a scheme to defraud investors through fictitious company locations and opaque documents to overstate the value of Sino-Forest’s revenues and assets. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Canadian Regulators Impose Penalties on Former Executives of Bankrupt Sino-Forest," 11 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of fictitious

: not true or real

fictitious

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fic·​ti·​tious | \fik-ˈti-shəs \

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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