[ 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

Can be confused

facetious factious factitious fictional fictitiousfactitious fictional fictitious fictive
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British Dictionary definitions for factitious


/ (fækˈtɪʃəs) /


artificial rather than naturalfactitious demands created by the mass media
not genuine; shamfactitious enthusiasm

Derived Forms

factitiously, adverbfactitiousness, noun

Word Origin for factitious

C17: from Latin factīcius, from facere to make, do
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Medicine definitions for factitious


[ făk-tĭshəs ]


Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.
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