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factitious

[ fak-tish-uhs ]
/ fækˈtɪʃ əs /
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adjective
not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
made; manufactured: a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.

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Origin of factitious

First recorded in 1640–50, factitious is from the Latin word factīcius “made by art, artificial.” See fact, -itious

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH factitious

1. facetious, factious, factitious 2. factitious , fictitious
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British Dictionary definitions for factitious

factitious
/ (fækˈtɪʃəs) /

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

Derived forms of factitious

factitiously, adverbfactitiousness, noun

Word Origin for factitious

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

factitious
[ făk-tĭshəs ]

adj.
Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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