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 (fĭk′təl, -tīl′)
a. Capable of being molded; plastic.
b. Formed of a moldable substance, such as clay or earth.
2. Of or relating to earthenware or pottery.

[Latin fictilis, made of clay, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to mold; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Ceramics) moulded or capable of being moulded from clay; plastic
2. (Ceramics) made of clay by a potter
3. (Ceramics) relating to the craft of pottery
[C17: from Latin fictilis that can be moulded, hence, made of clay, from fingere to shape]


(ˈfɪk tl; Brit. ˈfɪk taɪl)

1. capable of being molded.
2. made of earth, clay, etc., by a potter.
3. of or pertaining to pottery.
[1620–30; < Latin fictilis of earthenware =fi(n)g(ere) to shape + -tilis -tile]


- An adjective meaning "pertaining to pottery" or "suitable for making pottery."
See also related terms for pottery.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fictile - of or relating to the craft of pottery; "the fictile art"; "fictile ware"
2.fictile - susceptible to being led or directed; "fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda"
susceptible - (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of; "susceptible to colds"; "susceptible of proof"
3.fictile - capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)fictile - capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material); "plastic substances such as wax or clay"
elastic - capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk"
References in classic literature ?
I had read of the potter's clay and wheel in Scripture, but it had never occurred to me that the pots we use were not such as had come down unbroken from those days, or grown on trees like gourds somewhere, and I was pleased to hear that so fictile an art was ever practiced in my neighborhood.
We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictile enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears.
h bf Hl N Lemnaceae Lemna minuscula Herter h bf Hl I Liliaceae Nothoscordum andicola Kunth h ms G N Nothoscordum fictile J.F.
Depending on the angle they are viewed or photographed, one profile is that of a genuine fictile form but the other is the frontal portrayal of an organism issued maybe from the vegetable kingdom, or perhaps a lady's slipper.
These men have doomed to oblivion what Pinker calls the "Standard Social Science Model" whereby something called "society" shapes a fictile human nature however it pleases.