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

1. fictitious; imaginary.
2. pertaining to the creation of fiction: fictive inventiveness.
fic′tive•ly, adv.
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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"
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Consisting or suggestive of fiction:
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Coincidentally, "Lady Geraldine's Courtship" fictively frames its story as a letter written by a male poet about a beloved lady who seems beyond his reach.
Remember that in this chapter what interests me is the contrast in how Merle Collins handles fictively her intuitions about time and narrative and catastrophe between her two novels that feature the Grenada Revolution and its collapse, namely, Angel (1987) and The Colour of Forgetting (1995).
That black women in <i>The Help</i> surface as asexual spinsters or overwhelmingly fertile breeders fictively sterilizes them.
Paying close attention to the feet and prints of humans and ghosts, I consider what it means when a fictively living body follows in the footsteps of a less--or differently-corporeal poet.
She defends Ghosh against conservative criticisms and argues, instead, that Ghosh presents innovative fiction: imagination retracing (not fictively reconstructing) the past.
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.
Kamen fictively actualizes the abortion experience on stage by bringing the actual (yet fictionalized, as it is an actor's body) into the narratives.
For example, bell hooks writes," The Bluest Eye attempts to fictively document the way moving from the agrarian south to the industrialized north wounded the psyches of black folk" (53) who were then "estranged from a natural world" (54).
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 93-96) 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.
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.e., six months or so after the first publication of the work on 28 October 1726, in which Gulliver expresses exasperation that the world has not mended "after above six Months Warning," despite the fact that his book has drawn attention to its many failings: