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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 He was also cited for fictitious plates and driving without a license. John Benson, cleveland, "Cleveland man with warrants arrested for drunken driving: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 22 Jan. 2020 Furries are enthusiasts who celebrate characters and stories involving anthropomorphic animals, or fictitious characters that have human traits. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A group of 'furries' stopped a domestic violence assault and helped police make the arrest," 21 Jan. 2020 Their flagship production is Sleep No More, an interactive, film-noir-like take on Macbeth that plays out over three hours, five floors, and 100 rooms of a fictitious hotel. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "An industry built on the suspension of disbelief reveals its secrets to world building," 15 Jan. 2020 Prosecutors said Kelly and Baroni schemed to close lanes by concocting a fictitious traffic study as justification for the lane realignment. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court weighs convictions of ex-New Jersey officials in "Bridgegate" scandal," 14 Jan. 2020 Wright proposed DB Oilfield and Eco Edge Armoring for approval as vendors, submitting fictitious information about the companies to win approval. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "ConocoPhillips says a former employee worked with an Anchorage police officer and others to steal more than $7 million," 13 Dec. 2019 Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie all star in the film playing Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and Kayla Pospisil — a fictitious employee at the conglomerate — respectively. Alexia Fernandez,, "Bombshell Based on Roger Ailes Scandal Called ‘Ferociously Entertaining’ and ‘Awfully Timid’," 13 Dec. 2019 Particularly fun are Bianca Horn as the stage manager who goes from reluctant performer to spotlight-grabbing diva and Chris Lanceley, who maintains a brave face as the fictitious show’s director and star, the unflappable Inspector Carter. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Play That Goes Wrong’ gets its comedy right | Review," 4 Dec. 2019 Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s positronic brain, an idea coined by Isaac Asimov, is a fictitious kind of neurocomputer. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Russians Build Device That Imitates Biological Memory," 25 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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

Other Words from fictitious

fictitiously adverb
fictitiousness noun

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