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fictional

[fik-shuh n-l] /ˈfɪk ʃən l/
adjective
1.
invented as part of a work of fiction:
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective.
2.
of, like, or characterized by fiction:
He used a fictional situation to explain the subject.
Origin of fictional
1840-1845
1840-45; fiction + -al1
Related forms
fictionally, adverb
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adj.

"pertaining to fiction," 1843, from fiction + -al (1). Earlier fictitious also was used in this sense (1773).

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