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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. 2018

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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

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

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

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

    Picture and Text

    Henry James

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

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • 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.

  • Vanity is the fictive bond which links us to an imaginary exterior world.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont

British Dictionary definitions for fictive


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