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[jak-ti-tey-shuh n]
  1. Law. a false boast or claim that causes injury to another.
  2. Pathology. jactation(def 2).
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Origin of jactitation

1625–35; < Medieval Latin jactitātiōn- (stem of jactitātiō) tossing, equivalent to Latin jactitāt(us) (past participle of jactitāre, frequentative of jactāre to throw about; see jactation) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for jactitation


  1. the act of boasting
  2. a false boast or claim that tends to harm another person, esp a false assertion that one is married to another, formerly actionable at law
  3. Also called: jactation pathol restless tossing in bed, characteristic of severe fevers and certain mental disorders
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin jactitātiō, from Latin jacitāre to utter publicly, from jactitāre to toss about; see jactation
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jactitation in Medicine


  1. Extreme restlessness or tossing in bed, as with some forms of acute disease.
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