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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or able to engage in imaginative invention.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being fiction; fictional.
  • adj. Not genuine; sham.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fictional, fanciful or invented

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigned; counterfeit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed by the imagination; not really existing; supposititious; fictitious.
  • Resulting from imagination; belonging to or consisting of fiction; imaginative.

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

  • adj. capable of imaginative creation
  • adj. adopted in order to deceive


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  • Her novel The Sweetest Dream (2001) is a stand-alone sequel in fictive form.

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  • He described the excited states of the liquid by the motion of certain fictive particles called quasiparticles.

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  • Painting is, in other words, a fictive art, and it is often most shamelessly fictional when masquerading as unembellished Realism.

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  • It is particularly critical of the celebrated "Autobiography of Malcolm X," now a staple of college reading lists, which was written with Alex Haley and which Mr. Marable described as "fictive."

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  • However, for as many life stages and changes as may arise, one's immediate family has the opportunity to extend non-relative or "fictive" kinship ties through deliberate selection.

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  • This remark might indicate that Bacon finds the same doctrinal problem with the “esse habitudinis” that he finds with the “esse habituale” (i.e., it introduces a foil for some kind of fictive being), but we cannot be certain of this, since he never returned to this topic in the Compendium.

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  • On a tangential note, I can just about see the notion of fictive poetry, cause narrative started out in verse form, after all; and there are works like Tony Harrison’s “Prometheus” which fuse poetry and drama pretty neatly.

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  • Whatever we call these - whether imaginations or not, indeed you mean to pronounce the pandoramas of 'fictive' dramas: analogic handouts likely to enrich what could be useful should we care to learn.

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  • In later years, Galeano turned to fiction and "fictive" histories.


  • "fictive" does not mean unreal or ineffective - as we are currently experiencing, the effects of delirious financial capital flows are all too material and evident.

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