factitious factitious  /fæk ˈtɪ ʃəs/


  • (adj) not produced by natural forces


  1. Director Alan Parker may have intended this story -- about Japanese Americans interned during World War II -- as atonement for his factitious Mississippi Burning.
  2. Of all the things for which the hearts of tabloid newspaper editors currently yearn, one of the dearest is newsor even the barest rumor, hint or factitious mentionof a baby.
  3. Neither of these cleverly factitious offerings, both of course written by Rowling, will make much sense to those not already steeped in Potter lore.


  • As philosopher Susan Haack wrote in 1997, Rortyism "induces a factitious despair of the possibility of real inquiry of any kind."
    on Jun 13, 2007 By: Susan Haack Source: Los Angeles Times

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