[ fik-tish-uhs ]
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  1. created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false: fictitious names.

  2. of, relating to, or consisting of fiction; imaginatively produced or set forth; created by the imagination: a fictitious hero.

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Origin of fictitious

1605–15; from Latin fictīcius “artificial,” equivalent to fict(us) “shaped, feigned” (see fiction) + -īcius -itious

Other words for fictitious

Other words from fictitious

  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for fictitious


/ (fɪkˈtɪʃəs) /

  1. not genuine or authentic; assumed; false: to give a fictitious address

  2. of, related to, or characteristic of fiction; created by the imagination

Derived forms of fictitious

  • fictitiously, adverb
  • fictitiousness, noun

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