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[fak-tish-uh s] /fækˈtɪʃ əs/
not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived:
factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
made; manufactured:
a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.
Origin of factitious
First recorded in 1640-50, factitious is from the Latin word factīcius made by art, artificial. See fact, -itious
Related forms
factitiously, adverb
factitiousness, noun
nonfactitious, adjective
nonfactitiously, adverb
nonfactitiousness, noun
overfactitious, adjective
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artificial rather than natural: factitious demands created by the mass media
not genuine; sham: factitious enthusiasm
Derived Forms
factitiously, adverb
factitiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin factīcius, from facere to make, do
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Word Origin and History for factitious

1640s, from Latin factitius "artificial," from factus, past participle of facere "do" (source of French faire, Spanish hacer), from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (cf. Sanskrit dadhati "puts, places;" Avestan dadaiti "he puts;" Old Persian ada "he made;" Hittite dai- "to place;" Greek tithenai "to put, set, place;" Lithuanian deti "to put;" Polish dziać się "to be happening;" Russian delat' "to do;" Old High German tuon, German tun, Old Saxon, Old English don "to do;" Old Frisian dua, Old Swedish duon, Gothic gadeths "a doing;" Old Norse dalidun "they did").

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factitious in Medicine

factitious fac·ti·tious (fāk-tĭsh'əs)
Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.

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