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Definitions of factitious

  1. Factitiousness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature; artificial; sham; formed by, or adapted to, an artificial or conventional, in distinction from a natural, standard or rule; not natural; as, factitious cinnabar or jewels; a factitious taste. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Artificial; sham; not natural. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Made by art, in opposition to what is natural. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Made by art. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A produced by art, as distinct from what is produced by nature; artificial. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Artificial; made by art; not natural. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for factitious

  1. That law of unity, which has its foundations, not in the factitious necessity of custom, but in nature itself, the unity of feeling, is every where and at all times observed by Shakspeare in his plays. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  2. " To maintain such system," he proceeds, " required much tact; and, with the energy of the Begam's administration, this was not wanting: but when her increasing age and infirmities devolved the uncontrolled management on her heir, the factitious nature of her system was clearly demonstrated." – Fall-of-the-Moghul-Empire-of-Hindustan by Keene, H. G. (Henry George)
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