[ fik-tish-uhs ]
/ fɪkˈtɪʃ əs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. fictionalization,
  2. fictionalize,
  3. fictioneer,
  4. fictionist,
  5. fictionize,
  6. fictitious force,
  7. fictitious person,
  8. fictitiously,
  9. fictive,
  10. fictively

Origin of fictitious

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

Related forms
Can be confusedfacetious factious factitious fictional fictitiousfactitious fictional fictitious fictive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fictitious

British Dictionary definitions for fictitious


/ (fɪkˈtɪʃəs) /


not genuine or authentic; assumed; falseto give a fictitious address
of, related to, or characteristic of fiction; created by the imagination
Derived Formsfictitiously, adverbfictitiousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fictitious



1610s, "artificial, counterfeit," from Medieval Latin fictitus, a misspelling of Latin ficticius "artificial, counterfeit," from fictus "feigned, fictitious, false," past participle of fingere (see fiction). Related: Fictitiously.

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