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

Examples of fictive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s an effect of the place’s having been a home, the mansion of the coke mogul Henry Clay Frick, and of the somewhat fictive sense of the collection’s memorializing one person’s passions: pre-loved, call it. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "When a Museum Feels Like Home," 8 Feb. 2021 The more glaring contrast between American and British law enforcement—both real and fictive—is the near-total absence of handguns in Britain. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Why British Police Shows Are Better," 11 Oct. 2020 From An Inventory of Losses, a collection of fictive essays that will be published next month by New Directions. Jackie Smith, Harper's Magazine, "Near-Death Experience," 23 June 2020 Since the debut of Black-ish, however, Barris has not found new ways to examine himself and his family within the fictive universe he’s created. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "You’ve Already Seen #BlackAF," 26 Apr. 2020 Contagion is a fictive work that came out almost ten years ago, but its twisty plot has definitely taken on new relevance in the wake of the coronavirus. Ineye Komonibo,, "People Are Obsessively Watching Contagion In Wake Of The Coronavirus," 29 Jan. 2020 The Imus show was a way to listen in on the chatter at a fictive clubhouse of the rich and influential. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "Don Imus, talk-show host who turned bad behavior into big ratings, dies at 79," 27 Dec. 2019 The only thing fictive about the artist’s representation of familial incarceration would appear to be the degree of laundering., "At Mass MoCA, an artist’s border wall rises to meet America’s divisive history - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 But wait, a twist reveals Quichotte is himself a fictive creation, a character written by spy novelist Sam DuChamp. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of fictive was in 1612

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16 Feb 2021

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“Fictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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