fic·​tive | \ ˈfik-tiv How to pronounce fictive (audio) \

Definition of fictive

1 : not genuine : feigned
2 : of, relating to, or capable of imaginative creation
3 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of fiction : fictional

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Other Words from fictive

fictively adverb
fictiveness noun

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There’s no part of our lives that is exempt from this kind of fictive world-making. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 Since that time, fictive sisterhoods of all stripes (familial and otherwise) have been realized to wonderful effect, giving women the opportunity to commune and take up space in ways not always fostered by their surrounding culture. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Stirring Tales of Sisterhood Adapted From the Page to the Silver Screen (That Aren’t Greta Gerwig’s Little Women)," 13 July 2018 For DeKnight, that love extended to black readers who had never seen their families’ recipes in print—as well as black people for whom kin, fictive or otherwise, is not a source of sustenance. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 Other exhibits, equipped with screens — rather like video games — challenge players to stop a fictive epidemic threatening Quebec, or to catch an antelope (like the cave people did) to feed their families. New York Times, "Francine Prose on Montreal in the Spring: The Time of the Butterflies," 11 June 2018 Leave it to Hollywood — another place increasingly unmoored from its geographic tether — to create a vision of technology’s heartland that, though fictive, is a compelling proxy. Owen Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Silicon Valley faces an uncertain future — starting with its definition," 12 Mar. 2018 Still, there are large individual differences in the reaction to incest—actual or fictive. Debra Lieberman, Fortune, "Why We Secretly Love the Incest on Game of Thrones," 31 Aug. 2017 An admirer of Sherlock Holmes (whose fictive hyper-rationalism might be a sign of Asperger’s), Christopher aims to solve two mysteries: the fate of his long-absent mother and the killing of a neighborhood dog. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘Curious Incident’ at the Paramount offers empathetic glimpse into Asperger’s," 26 July 2017 Kentucky will now allow the courts the leeway to place these children with fictive kin. Matt Bevin,, "Column: Ky. surging forward after legislative session," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of fictive

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fictive

borrowed from Medieval Latin fictīvus "imaginative, imaginary," from Latin fictus, past participle of fingere "to mold, fashion, make a likeness of, pretend to be" + -īvus -ive — more at feign

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