Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by fiction; imaginary.
  • adj. Accepted or assumed for the sake of convention: a fictitious belief.
  • adj. Adopted or assumed in order to deceive: a fictitious name.
  • adj. Not genuinely believed or felt; sham: greeted me with a fictitious enthusiasm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not real; invented; contrived.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigned; imaginary; not real; fabulous; counterfeit; false; not genuine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or consisting of fiction; imaginatively produced or set forth; created by the imagination: as, a fictitious hero; fictitious literature.
  • Existing only in imagination; feigned; not true or real: as, a fictitious claim.
  • Counterfeit; false; not genuine.
  • Assumed as real; taking the place of something real; regarded as genuine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. adopted in order to deceive
  • adj. formed or conceived by the imagination

Etymologies

From Latin fictīcius, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to form; see fiction.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Mr. Picard seeks to recover nearly $300 million in what he calls "fictitious profits" and about $700 million in principal that he says Messrs.

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  • In addition to $300 million in what he called "fictitious profits," the trustee is seeking return of their principal invested with Madoff.

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  • He had termed the men "net winners" - Picard charged that over their years of investing they had taken out more money than they had invested with Madoff - and was seeking $300 million in what he called "fictitious profits."

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  • In satire we are allowed to see ourselves in fictitious or anonymous constructs of real people (Cretinous van Poopypants, anyone?).

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  • Finally, she used her VA credit card to charge the VA for $244,380 in fictitious goods and services, payable to the fictitious business account controlled by defendant.

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  • It's not run by Google, the ads look highly suspicious (mocked up to look like articles in fictitious newspapers) and the whole concept reads like a retread of those "all I did was place a simple ad and I made money!" schemes.

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  • Dealing with injured animals, solving equine problems – sure, I can do that, for real and in fictitious circumstances.

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  • But, as we said above, the less men know of nature the more easily can they coin fictitious ideas, such as trees speaking, men instantly changed into stones, or into fountains, ghosts appearing in mirrors, something issuing from nothing, even gods changed into beasts and men and infinite other absurdities of the same kind.

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  • Such apparent forces were known as fictitious forces because they did not arise from a physical source such as a charge, and could be eliminated if one looked at the situation from a different reference frame, one in uniform motion called an inertial frame.

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  • The repeated specific allusions of Flask to "that whale," as he called the fictitious monster which he declared to be incessantly tantalizing his boat's bow with its tail -- these allusions of his were at times so vivid and life-like, that they would cause some one or two of his men to snatch a fearful look over his shoulder.

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