Fictitious vs Factitious - What's the difference?

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Fictitious is a see also of factitious.

As adjectives the difference between fictitious and factitious

is that fictitious is not real; invented; contrived while factitious is created by humans; artificial.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Not real; invented; contrived.
  • St. Mary Mead is a fictitious village from the books of Agatha Christie.


    * imaginary, invented, contrived, fictive




    (en adjective)
  • Created by humans; artificial.
  • * 1661 , Robert Lovell, a Compleat History of Animals and Minerals , page 351
  • [...] if from erosion of the gums, by such things as restore them, strengthen and bind them; if wanting'', it may be helped by the factitious ; their ''?ordes are removed, by washing and cleaning them; and their blacknesse, by dentifrices.
  • *1854 , Thoreau, Walden ,
  • *:Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
  • *1860 , Emerson, Conduct of life ,
  • *:Manners are partly factitious , but, mainly, there must be capacity for culture in the blood. Else all culture is vain.
  • Counterfeit, fabricated, fake.
  • * 1847 , George Payne Rainsford James, A Whim, and Its Consequences , Chapter XXIV, page 208:
  • To prevent a prisoner's escape, to prevent his suborning testimony, and arranging a factitious tale with those without, may justify many precautions."
  • *1908 , Arnold Bennett, The Old Wives' Tale ,
  • *:"Well, mater," he said, in a voice of factitious calm, "I've got it." He was looking up at the ceiling.
  • *:"Got what?"
  • *:"The National Scholarship. Swynnerton says it's a sheer fluke. But I've got it. Great glory for the Bursley School of Art!"
  • * 2008 , Richard L. Hume & Jerry B. Gough, Blacks, Carpetbaggers, and Scalawags: The Constitutional Conventions of Radical Reconstruction , Louisiana State University Press (2008), ISBN 9780807133248, page 168:
  • Ironically, the most stereotypical myth of Reconstructionism — involving perceived endemic corruption and ruthless exploitation of hapless native whites by freedman and carpetbaggers seeking to gain from black rule — is a factitious story of postwar South Carolina, as told with considerable and lurid exaggeration in two "classic" accounts

    Derived terms

    * factitiously * factitiousness

    See also

    * fictitious