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factitious

artificial; contrived: His enthusiastic response was factitious.; made; manufactured: a factitious part
Not to be confused with:
facetious – not to be taken seriously; amusing; humorous; frivolous: I was only being facetious.
fictitious – spurious, fake; fictional; created or assumed with the intention to conceal: a fictitious name; imaginatively produced: a fictitious story
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fac·ti·tious

 (făk-tĭsh′əs)
adj.
1. Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.
2. Lacking authenticity or genuineness; sham: speculators responsible for the factitious value of some stocks.

[From Latin factīcius, from factus, past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

fac·ti′tious·ly adv.
fac·ti′tious·ness n.
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factitious

(fækˈtɪʃəs)
adj
1. artificial rather than natural: factitious demands created by the mass media.
2. not genuine; sham: factitious enthusiasm.
[C17: from Latin factīcius, from facere to make, do]
facˈtitiously adv
facˈtitiousness n
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fac•ti•tious

(fækˈtɪʃ əs)

adj.
artificial or contrived; not spontaneous or natural.
[1640–50; < Latin factīcius artificial. See fact, -itious]
fac•ti′tious•ly, adv.
fac•ti′tious•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.factitious - not produced by natural forces; "brokers created a factitious demand for stocks"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"
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factitious

adjective
Marked by unnaturalness, pretension, and often a slavish love of fads:
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Translations

factitious

[fækˈtɪʃəs] ADJfacticio
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factitious

adjkünstlich, unecht; demand for goodshochgespielt
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factitious

[fækˈtɪʃəs] adj (frm) → artificiale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fac·ti·tious

a. facticio-a, artificial, no natural.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

factitious

adj facticio, simulado, fingido
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References in periodicals archive ?
"Fact and Factitiousness in Ethnic Opinionnaires." American Sociological Review 5(1):13-28.
What is more alarming, from a Romantic-era Anglo-British standpoint, is that Welsh characters know that their rejection of the past is every bit as historically legitimate as British affirmation of it, and they possess the means to cast light on the inherent factitiousness of the British historical narrative and, by extension, the Anglo-British national identity as a whole.
However, what Jim discovers via his narrative-within-a-narrative, reduced at the end to "torn scraps of paper in [a] waste-paper basket" (179), is the factitiousness of writing.
This spring, the Davis Museum featured works that incorporated such elements as tintypes of anonymous relatives, African statuary, model sailing ships, tobacco, and Georgia red clay to form stunning tableaux uniting fiction and history, trickery and documentary factitiousness. Windward Coast, 2009/2012, perhaps the show's most ambitious installation, is a veritable sea of some 3,500 disembodied piano keys (still attached to their wooden leads), upon which a plaster head--that of a man--covered in black glitter has been set "afloat." Notions of existential isolation are reinforced by the title of this monumental work, which refers to the portion of West Africa between Gambia and Liberia that once served as a major hub for the exportation of slaves to the Americas along the Middle Passage.
Moreover, while such visual highlighting of the contingency and factitiousness of what is shown is variously maintained subsequently by the film's often CGI-suffused mise en scene, this is not only complemented by Shutter Island being narratively and expressionistically restricted, like some other films directed by Scorsese, to the perception of its protagonist, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), but capped by its declared actuality being referred to as an instance of 'radical, cutting-edge role play'--as being, that is, effectively designated, with, epistemologically, due postmodernist connotation, a simulation, 'a real without origin or reality'.
While this is an area of some disagreement and a source of potential additional factitiousness, it is widely understood that some additional credentialing will be needed to provide more consumer protection (Dorsey, Weinberg, Zane, & Guidi, 2009; Green & Johnston, 2009a; Green & Johnston, 2009b).
(12) Surveying recent works, Raeff remains persuaded that political activities are "the most transient aspect" of emigration, in contrast to its "cultural heritage." (13) Raeff's insistence on the transience of politics--the source of factitiousness among emigres--is understandable, given his emphasis on the unifying factors in emigration.
So far so good, but it does not take the reader long to realize that the fictive world Harris has carefully created is not so "realistic" after all: that--as Kellman puts it--like all Harris's fictive worlds, that of Bull Fire is "a reminder of the factitiousness of all historical narrative, of the story buried in all history.
Or is the reality of their experience (that is, its intense selective focus) the result of a conscious desire to make the imaginative world real, which might nonetheless take account of its factitiousness?
As she addresses posterity, Grace lays emphasis on the factitiousness of trial narratives themselves, which, on occasion, and especially if the trial is of a notorious nature, have less to do with a verifiable truth than they do with the narrative skills of the attorneys involved.