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factitious

Line breaks: fac|ti¦tious
Pronunciation: /fakˈtɪʃəs
 
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Definition of factitious in English:

adjective

Artificially created or developed: a largely factitious national identity
More example sentences
  • Occasionally, epilepsy can be mistaken for narcolepsy, and factitious simulation of narcolepsy has been described.
  • People with factitious disorder feign or actually induce illness in themselves, typically to garner the nurturance of others.
  • She was said to be suffering from factitious illness by proxy, a disorder previously referred to as Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.

Origin

mid 17th century (in the general sense 'made by human skill or effort'): from Latin facticius 'made by art', from facere 'do, make'.

Derivatives

factitiously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Initially presenting doctors with factitiously ill children seems in some cases to become more direct manipulation, with complaints being directed at the doctors.
  • But in addition to this, owing to the large portions of mercury, irritation of the intestinal canal may be produced factitiously which will be a complication not to be desired.
  • During multiple hospitalizations, she developed episodes of fever of unknown origin and was believed to have factitiously elevated her temperature.

factitiousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I guess that there's some part of me beneath all the factitiousness that really hopes life will have the happily ever after ending after all.
  • He runs through the disadvantages: the journal has no ‘mission’, no necessity; it forces the writer to strike poses, and in its triviality, inessentiality, and factitiousness incessantly opens the comic question, ‘Am I?’
  • The form or ‘factitiousness’ of the anecdote provides the shape and the subjectivity of the account.

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