[fik-shuh n-l]
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  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

First recorded in 1840–45; fiction + -al1
Related formsfic·tion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for fictional

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper