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[fik-tish-uh s]
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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; < Latin fictīcius artificial, equivalent to fict(us) shaped, feigned (see fiction) + -īcius -itious
Related formsfic·ti·tious·ly, adverbfic·ti·tious·ness, nounhalf-fic·ti·tious, adjectivehalf-fic·ti·tious·ly, adverbhalf-fic·ti·tious·ness, nounnon·fic·ti·tious, adjectivenon·fic·ti·tious·ly, adverbnon·fic·ti·tious·ness, nounqua·si-fic·ti·tious, adjectivequa·si-fic·ti·tious·ly, adverbsem·i·fic·ti·tious, adjectiveun·fic·ti·tious, adjectiveun·fic·ti·tious·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfacetious factious factitious fictional fictitiousfactitious fictional fictitious fictive


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1. spurious, fake. 2. fictional.
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  1. not genuine or authentic; assumed; falseto give a fictitious address
  2. of, related to, or characteristic of fiction; created by the imagination
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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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