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

Other Words from fictive

fictively adverb
fictiveness noun

Examples of fictive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maud Newton has a keen appreciation for the fictive quality of stories about ancestry. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Few couples typify this dynamic as acutely as the fictive Mia and Marcus of Love Life season 2, played by Williams and the charmingly neurotic William Jackson Harper. Shamira Ibrahim, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 Ingrid Yang is a hapless 29-year-old PhD candidate at a small university in Massachusetts, floundering on a dissertation about the school’s most famous former professor, the fictive, late Chinese poet Xiao-Wen Chou. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Sometimes the leads barely seem to be in the same movie, let alone the same fictive family. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 Gone are the fictive characters: Instead, the sea itself becomes a complicated protagonist in a cosmic adventure. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 Near-Death Experience From An Inventory of Losses, a collection of fictive essays that will be published next month by New Directions. Jackie Smith, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 The script by veteran documentarian Sunyundukov (making a relatively rare foray into fictive cinema) aims for a fadeout more resilient and vaguely inspirational than the downbeat book. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 But the rendering posters, created by design firms and developers, are also highly fictive, cinematic branding documents created to comply with a city law requiring public images of buildings under construction. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Fictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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