Adjective "fictitious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not real or true; imaginary or fabricated.
  1. 'The company had sold funds for largely fictitious assets and had hired an actress to deliver a false audit report for investors.'
  2. 'Halfbakery is a communal database of original, fictitious inventions, edited by its users.'
  3. 'Better to discover how science is in fact developed and learned than to fabricate a fictitious structure to a similar effect.'
  4. 'Claims of working for the fictitious water board allowed bogus callers to steal from the home of an elderly Chelmsford resident.'
  5. 'Each group not only had to design the game, but invent a fictitious company, and determine their roles within it.'
  6. 'Never cheat by inventing a fictitious cab driver with whom you argue.'
  7. 'Grossly overvalued shares in these companies provided a fictitious tax base from employee stock options and capital gains.'
  8. 'We do not use pretentious, fictitious terms for my establishment's beverages.'
  9. 'Murphy was a fictitious freelancer Reynolds invented to extract some extra cash from the Irish Press.'
  10. 'This must be a real, not a fictitious, intention, so it hardly arises in the case of a fraudster.'
Occurring in or invented for fiction.
  1. 'For the first time, the Indian Postal Services Department has issued a stamp on a fictitious character.'
  2. 'It's a two-hour fictitious psychological thriller that has real elements to it.'
  3. 'Even though the character is completely fictitious, it always retains some of the qualities of the player.'
  4. 'It's crucial, nonetheless, to draw the distinction between fictitious creatures and real human beings.'
  5. 'Spearman is a fictitious character, the hero of a series of murder mysteries written by Marshall Jevons.'
  6. 'This character could be fictitious and yet the story would have had the same powerful message.'
  7. 'The Curmudgeon is a satirical column based on fictitious characters in a mythical village.'
  8. 'Memorials are built for great human beings and not for fictitious characters.'
  9. 'Since this is a fictitious character, the authors depict him as they please.'


1. created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false: fictitious names.

2. of, relating to, or consisting of fiction; imaginatively produced or set forth; created by the imagination: a fictitious hero.

More examples(as adjective)

"names can be fictitious."

"trades can be fictitious."

"workers can be fictitious."

"people can be fictitious."

"loans can be fictitious."

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Early 17th century: from Latin ficticius (from fingere ‘contrive, form’) + -ous (see also -itious).