a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion: The noises in the attic were just a figment of his imagination.
a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.: biographical and historical figments.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin figmentum something made or feigned, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to mold, feign) + -mentum -ment

2. See fiction. Unabridged
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figment (ˈfɪɡmənt)
a fantastic notion, invention, or fabrication: a figment of the imagination
[C15: from Late Latin figmentum a fiction, from Latin fingere to shape]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. figmentum "something formed or fashioned, creation," related to figura "shape" (see figure (n.)).
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She tells her father, but he thinks it a figment of her imagination and that
  she is spending too much time with the strange loner.
Those ubiquitous smartphones are not a figment of your imagination.
According to their view, free will is a figment of our imagination.
It could be a figment of the collective imagination of the world's amateur
  satellite trackers.
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