make-believe

[meyk-bi-leev]
noun
1.
pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham: the make-believe of children playing.
2.
a pretender; a person who pretends.
adjective
3.
pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal: a make-believe world of fantasy.

Origin:
1805–15

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Example sentences
Most readers are players of fantasy sports, make-believe leagues based on
  real-life performances.
Higher education ought to teach students to recognize the difference between
  effective social advocacy and make-believe.
Science fiction mixes real science with make-believe.
Perhaps acting was really a continuation of the make-believe games of
  childhood-fascinating, in a way.
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