adjective Etymology: Latin ficticius artificial, feigned, from fictus Date: circa 1633 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction ; imaginary 2. a. conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted <
a fictitious concept
b. of a name false, assumed 3. not genuinely felt • fictitiously adverbfictitiousness noun Synonyms: fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception <
fictitious characters
. fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence <
a land of fabulous riches
. legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition <
the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett
. mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination <
mythical creatures
. apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate <
a book that repeats many apocryphal stories

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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