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1. Of, relating to, or created by imaginative invention.
2. Of, relating to, or being fiction; fictional.
3. Relating to or being a kinshiplike relationship among people who are not related by heredity, marriage, or adoption, often involving the use of kinship terms.

fic′tive·ly adv.
fic′tive·ness n.


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or able to create fiction
2. a rare word for fictitious
ˈfictively adv


(ˈfɪk tɪv)

1. fictitious; imaginary.
2. pertaining to the creation of fiction: fictive inventiveness.
fic′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fictive - adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"
2.fictive - capable of imaginative creation; "fictive talent"
creative, originative - having the ability or power to create; "a creative imagination"


Consisting or suggestive of fiction:
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While I am not certain as to what Calvin means by this "sicut," I am quite certain he does not mean that one approaches word and sacrament fictively, as though pretending something to be the case while it actually is not.
Tejeda thus begins his journey as a castaway: spiritually exiled within the urban spaces of Cordoba for most of his life, he fictively exiles himself to an "humilde y pobre rio" where he begins his narrative of captivity which ends with his conversion and return to a spiritual home.
The final room of the exhibition contains Zurbaran's last documented work, The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, signed and dated 1662 on a piece of paper that is fictively sealed with wax onto the canvas (Fig.
Second, inserted among the paratexts between the frontispiece and the narrative, is the cantankerous letter to Gulliver's cousin Sympson, first published in the 1735 edition, but fictively dated "April 2, 1727," i.
This possibility is fictively evidenced, one may recall, in Greene's whisky priest, who urged, "Pray that you will suffer more and more and more.
Her marriage to a man she fictively affiliates with her dead father is dramatization of the absence of predictability and control in the author's own mind--marrying a man just like the one who married dear old mom is classic, cyclic dysfunction.
One of the main ways to sell a plot of land was adoption: the buyer (adoptee) was then fictively introduced into the family of the seller (adopter).
The animalized human body is visually legible and fictively pleasing, therefore, precisely because it is neither legible nor pleasing in relation to the norm or to the "real" that the comic fantastically suspends yet constantly and invisibly produces as an essential effect of that suspension.
However, as Morrison has always maintained, Beloved is neither history nor historical fiction--rather, she was inspired by a single traumatic moment not to historicize Garner, but to write this "circle of sorrow" that interrogates fictively the ways that memory, trauma, and guilt "play in the darkness" of American racial history.
Shall liberalism be immanent, realizing contract values directly at the level of society, or vicarious, realizing such values only indirectly and fictively through the intermediary of the state--thus running the analogous risk of turning the entire social realm over to the communitarian ideal of status?
This comparison is made to substantiate the claim that, whether or not sex offender laws are ultimately constitutional, these laws, like the socio-juridical construction of the sex offender himself, inform a judicial imaginary that fictively stabilizes and isolates sexual harm onto discrete bodies and character types.
Published when the biographical poet was thirty-two and thus ventriloquizing fictively the disillusionment of age, 'An Old Atheist' readily announces states of feeling, laying claim with a degree of self-importance to an existential gloom owing something to the Romantic lyric tradition.