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
Munchausen s syndrome is one of group of conditions known as factitious disorders.
It is in a class of disorders known as factitious disorders which involve "illnesses" whose symptoms are either self-induced or falsified by the patient ...
In that context I feel like it isn't the established word factitious, but rather a new one meaning "half-factual, half-fictional".
Besides beer, the Egyptians had what Pliny calls factitious, or artificial, wine, extracted from various fruits, as figs, _myxas_, pomegranates, as well as herbs, some of which were selected for their medicinal properties.
My sentiment and my reason combat more than ever the idea of factitious distinctions, the inequality of conditions imposed as a right acquired by some, as a loss deserved by others.
It is known also that the Japan camphor, termed factitious, will evaporate till it wholly disappears, and at all stages of its diminution retain its full proportion of strength; which does not seem the property of an adulterated or compounded body.
The condition known as factitious disorder makes its sufferers believe that they are about to die at the hands of a terminal illness.
As the malevolent violence of the drug conflict begins to spread north over the border, the U.S. and Mexico are in no position to be engaging in what some would call factitious trade disputes.
Park Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist based in California, has studied cases of what's called factitious victimization for nearly three decades.
This is a comment to a previous entry: on May 13th there was some discussion of the word "factitious".