|1.||literary works invented by the imagination, such as novels or short stories|
|2.||an invented story or explanation; lie|
|3.||the act of inventing a story or explanation|
|4.||law something assumed to be true for the sake of convenience, though probably false|
|[C14: from Latin fictiō a fashioning, hence something imaginary, from fingere to shape]|
literature created from the imagination, not presented as fact, though it may be based on a true story or situation. Types of literature in the fiction genre include the novel, short story, and novella. The word is from the Latin fictio, "the act of making, fashioning, or molding."
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