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 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 In the opera, the character singing the excerpts is Gepopo, the head of espionage for the fictive Prince Go-Go. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Opera plays its Trump card: Yes, the president is showing up in Verdi," 4 July 2019 The scale and the speed of China’s economic transformation were conducive to a fictive mode that concerns itself with the fate of whole societies, planets, and galaxies, and in which individuals are presented as cogs in larger systems. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 All credit to Sam Mendes, who won for his direction, for so convincingly inhabiting this fictive Irish world with his impeccable ensemble. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Awards: A critic celebrates Broadway's unabashed idealism," 9 June 2019 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

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Fictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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