created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false: fictitious names.
of, relating to, or consisting of fiction; imaginatively produced or set forth; created by the imagination: a fictitious hero.
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- fic·ti·tious·ly, adverb
- fic·ti·tious·ness, noun
- half-fic·ti·tious, adjective
- half-fic·ti·tious·ly, adverb
- half-fic·ti·tious·ness, noun
- non·fic·ti·tious, adjective
- non·fic·ti·tious·ly, adverb
- non·fic·ti·tious·ness, noun
- qua·si-fic·ti·tious, adjective
- qua·si-fic·ti·tious·ly, adverb
- sem·i·fic·ti·tious, adjective
- un·fic·ti·tious, adjective
- un·fic·ti·tious·ly, adverb
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How to use fictitious in a sentence
She created three fictitious email addresses to submit the complaints, Zeidenberg said, and occasionally slipped up, for instance signing an email purporting to be from one researcher with the name of another.Kansas professor says FBI misled court in alleging hidden ties to Chinese government | Ellen Nakashima | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Working as a contractor at a social security administration office, he caught his bosses creating fictitious aid recipients and pocketing payments, according to his New York lawyer, Li Jinjin, who also goes by Jim Li.Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight | by Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg | July 22, 2021 | ProPublica
It wrote that “extensive research reveals that the company’s orders appear largely fictitious and used as a prop to raise capital and confer legitimacy.”Department of Justice opens investigation into EV startup Lordstown Motors | Aria Alamalhodaei | July 2, 2021 | TechCrunch
Deputy Anthony Sharp, 33, and his trainee Robert Osborne, 30, noticed “fictitious tags” on Bumpass’ car, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Cops Say He Killed Himself During a Traffic Stop. His Family Says It’s Murder. | Andrew Boryga | May 28, 2021 | The Daily Beast
It’s a deluge of fictitious monsters running amok in forests, caves, and under the sea, ripe with hidden pathways for rare glimpses and an overly critical scientist who definitely didn’t go to art school.I’ve Gotta Hand It to Nintendo—They Did Pokemon Snap Right | Jillian Lucas | May 21, 2021 | The Daily Beast
A twinned, imagined narrative of a fictitious Fidel Castro and a Miami exile intent on assassinating him.
It might seem obvious to say that novels are “fictitious,” but certain ones are composed almost entirely of facts.
“Eventually he appointed me to the fictitious position of ‘legal adviser,’” Levin said.Radio’s Mark Levin Might Be the Most Powerful Conservative You Never Heard Of | David Freedlander | October 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But all this fictitious boning has real consequences, of the Teen Mom variety.50 Shades of Fall TV: New Girl, Scandal, and More Television Fan Fiction | Amy Zimmerman | October 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even in the Showtime series Weeds, a fictitious tobacco company looked to pot as its future growth industry.
Who wants to peruse fictitious adventures, when railroads and steamboats woo him to adventures of his own?
The quadroon was following them with little quick steps, having assumed a fictitious animation and alacrity for the occasion.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
He was tall and thin, and wore his coats padded, which gave a fictitious breadth and depth to his shoulders and chest.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Sometimes fictitious subscriptions are made to induce others to subscribe for stock.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
But I am anxious to make three inquiries relative to this really important document and its fictitious preface.
British Dictionary definitions for fictitious
not genuine or authentic; assumed; false: to give a fictitious address
of, related to, or characteristic of fiction; created by the imagination
- fictitiously, adverb
- fictitiousness, noun
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