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[fak-tish-uh s] /fækˈtɪʃ əs/
not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived:
factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
made; manufactured:
a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.
Origin of factitious
1640-50; < Latin factīcius made by art, artificial. See fact, -itious
Related forms
factitiously, adverb
factitiousness, noun
nonfactitious, adjective
nonfactitiously, adverb
nonfactitiousness, noun
overfactitious, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • He then tried a factitious calcareous water, by adding chalk to his dye bath.

  • What is this farcical, factitious glamour that will not bear the light of day?

  • His factitious and absurd device is therefore not bimetallism, but monometallism on a basis of gold.

    The Arena Various
  • He was in that state of factitious discontent which belongs to us amiable English.

  • Hence the recourse to adventitious leverage to push it in, to factitious drill to drive it in, to artificial bribe to lure it in.

  • In these cases, it is not merely that everything is exaggerated, but everything is factitious.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • The furnace in which some kinds of crayons, and especially the factitious blacklead pencils are baked, is represented in fig. 352.

  • At the next he thought with factitious solemnity: 'Yes, my boy!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • There are absolutely no grounds for supposing that the excitement which the death of Edgar caused was factitious.

  • This appears to me an insoluble question, and probably, even, a factitious one.

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
British Dictionary definitions for factitious


artificial rather than natural: factitious demands created by the mass media
not genuine; sham: factitious enthusiasm
Derived Forms
factitiously, adverb
factitiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin factīcius, from facere to make, do
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Word Origin and History for factitious

1640s, from Latin factitius "artificial," from factus, past participle of facere "do" (source of French faire, Spanish hacer), from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (cf. Sanskrit dadhati "puts, places;" Avestan dadaiti "he puts;" Old Persian ada "he made;" Hittite dai- "to place;" Greek tithenai "to put, set, place;" Lithuanian deti "to put;" Polish dziać się "to be happening;" Russian delat' "to do;" Old High German tuon, German tun, Old Saxon, Old English don "to do;" Old Frisian dua, Old Swedish duon, Gothic gadeths "a doing;" Old Norse dalidun "they did").

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factitious in Medicine

factitious fac·ti·tious (fāk-tĭsh'əs)
Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.

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