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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Pacific Asean Airlines While Pacific Asean Airlines is fictitious, Singapore Airlines has an equally sumptuous product, and was recently named the world’s best. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Crazy Rich Asians," 8 Aug. 2018 Although Damon’s story is fictitious, his life reflects the stark reality that many LGBTQ homeless youth still live every day, decades later. Terrence Chappell, Teen Vogue, ""Pose" Takes Place in the 1980s, But Conversations About LGBTQ Homelessness and AIDS Are Still So Important," 15 July 2018 Ever wonder what goes into preparing a Christmas when our favorite fictitious monkey is in charge? Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 Both defendants said they were tricked by Hussain during the sting, which involved a business loan using money from a fictitious missile sale. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Limo company owner was a controversial FBI informant," 9 Oct. 2018 Ilir Sela, owner of online pizza-ordering service SliceLife, was floored in March when the Season Five premiere featured a fictitious pizza company named SliceLine stealing engineers from Pied Piper. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Actual Silicon Valley Startup Gets Inspiration From HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Startup," 16 Nov. 2018 The conspirators created fictitious online personas, including D.C. Leaks and Guccifer 2.0. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Rod Rosenstein announces Russian indictments: “Blame for election interference belongs to the criminals”," 13 July 2018 In 2010, Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, had Senate staff create a fictitious American import company that conducted a sting operation on Chinese companies. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "To Be Clear, Trump’s Tariffs Were Not ‘Produced by Purdue University’," 12 Mar. 2018 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

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of fictitious

: not true or real

fictitious

adjective
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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