from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.
- adj. Lacking authenticity or genuineness; sham: speculators responsible for the factitious value of some stocks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Created by humans; artificial.
- adj. Counterfeit, fabricated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature; artificial; sham; contrived; formed by, or adapted to, an artificial or conventional, in distinction from a natural, standard or rule; not natural
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made by or resulting from art, in distinction from that which is produced by or conformable to nature; artificial; conventional.
- Synonyms Artificial, Factitious, Unnatural. Artificial means done by art, as opposed to natural. That is unnatural which departs in any way from what is natural: as, unnatural excitement. An artificial or factitious demand in the market is one that is manufactured, the latter being the more laboriously worked up; a factitious demand exists only in the invention of one and the imagination of another; an unnatural demand is greater than the laws of trade would produce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not produced by natural forces
From Latin factīcius, from factus, past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin factītius ("artificial"), alt form. of factīcius, from facere ("to make, do"). (Wiktionary)