fictitious; imaginary.
pertaining to the creation of fiction: fictive inventiveness.

Origin of fictive

First recorded in 1485–95; fict(ion) + -ive
Related formsfic·tive·ly, adverbnon·fic·tive, adjectivenon·fic·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfactitious fictional fictitious fictive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of fictive

  • My goal (not my achievement, my goal) was to work like Joan Didion in a fictive realm.

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    The Perils of the Teen

    Jill Bialosky

    August 17, 2011

Historical Examples of fictive

  • If it can be made so much like a work of fiction that the subject sketched serves the purposes of a fictive hero, why then—maybe.

  • She made even the true seem fictive, while Miriam's effort was to make the fictive true.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • Its grossness must be transposed, as it were, to a fictive scale, a scale of fainter tints and generalized signs.

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    Henry James

  • Who knew of Ram-tah's fictive origin, or even of Ram-tah at all?

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Lyon hoped for a letter recounting the fictive sequel; but apparently his brilliant sitter did not operate with the pen.

British Dictionary definitions for fictive



of, relating to, or able to create fiction
a rare word for fictitious
Derived Formsfictively, adverb
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