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[fik-tiv] /ˈfɪk tɪv/
fictitious; imaginary.
pertaining to the creation of fiction:
fictive inventiveness.
Origin of fictive
1485-95; fict(ion) + -ive
Related forms
fictively, adverb
nonfictive, adjective
nonfictively, adverb
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Who knew of Ram-tah's fictive origin, or even of Ram-tah at all?

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • Vanity is the fictive bond which links us to an imaginary exterior world.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • Its grossness must be transposed, as it were, to a fictive scale, a scale of fainter tints and generalized signs.

    Picture and Text Henry James
  • Lyon hoped for a letter recounting the fictive sequel; but apparently his brilliant sitter did not operate with the pen.

  • If it can be made so much like a work of fiction that the subject sketched serves the purposes of a fictive hero, why then—maybe.

  • In the first poem of the book, using the fictive 'he' as its subject, she indicates her attitude to that region beyond sense.

  • She made even the true seem fictive, while Miriam's effort was to make the fictive true.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • Falstaff ceases to be a fictive creation, or the mere dramatic representation of a type, and takes on a distinctive individuality.

  • I was for the time entirely the historian, with little time to dream of the fictive material with which my memory was filled.

British Dictionary definitions for fictive


of, relating to, or able to create fiction
a rare word for fictitious
Derived Forms
fictively, adverb
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