not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
made; manufactured: a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.
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- fac·ti·tious·ly, adverb
- fac·ti·tious·ness, noun
- non·fac·ti·tious, adjective
- non·fac·ti·tious·ly, adverb
- non·fac·ti·tious·ness, noun
- o·ver·fac·ti·tious, adjective
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How to use factitious in a sentence
Under these conditions it is again hidden beneath heterogeneous dogmas, obscure comments, and factitious explanations.My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
But before he had walked half a square, the factitious energy inspired by drink deserted him.File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau
The entire structure of their social life reposed on feelings, and not on a factitious conception, on a work of art.The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
His mind turns towards combinations, arrangements, legal or factitious organisations.Essays on Political Economy | Frederic Bastiat
The prices of farms and improvements vary greatly, and are influenced much by factitious and local circumstances.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West | J. M. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for factitious
artificial rather than natural: factitious demands created by the mass media
not genuine; sham: factitious enthusiasm
- factitiously, adverb
- factitiousness, noun
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