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  1. a deliberately false or improbable account Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of imagination; specifically, novels and romances. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially, a feigned or invented story, whether oral or written. Hence: A story told in order to deceive; a fabrication; - opposed to fact, or reality. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The act of feigning or inventing; that which is imagined, feigned, or invented; a literary production of the imagination in prose form, as a novel, romance, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Fictional. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A feigned or false story; a falsehood; romance; the act of making or fashioning; as, "We have never dreamt that parliaments had any right whatever to force a currency of their own fiction in the place of that which is real."-Burke. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. An invented story. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A representing of that which is not true; a fabrication; fictitious narrative; novel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; something feigned, invented, or imagined; a feigned story; the literature of imagination; an assumption. See Fictile. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A false hood; that which is feigned or invented; a fable; novel literature. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. An assumption or supposition of law that something which is or may befalse is true, or that a state of facts exists-which has never really taken place. New Hampshire Strafford Bank v. Cornell, 2 N. H.324; Hibberd v. Smith, 07 Cal. 547, 4 Pac. 473, 56 Am. Rep. 720.A fiction is a rule of law which assumes as true, and will not allow to be disproved,something which is false, but not impossible. Best, Ev. 419.These assumptions are of an innocent or even beneficial character, and are madefor the advancement of the ends of justice. They secure this end chiefly by theextension of procedure from cases to which it is applicable to other cases to which it isnot strictly applicable, the ground of inapplicability being some difference of animmaterial character. Brown.Fictions are to be distinguished from presumptions of law. By the former, somethingknown to be false or unreal is assumed as true; by the latter, an inference is set up,which may be and probably is true, but which, at any rate, the law will not permit to be controverted.Mr. Best distinguishes legal fictions from presumptions juris et de jure, and dividesthem into three kinds, thelawdictionary.org
  16. That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially, a feigned or invented story, whether oral or written. Hence: A story told in order to deceive; a fabrication; -- opposed to fact, or reality. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. fik'shun, n. a feigned or false story: a falsehood: romance: the novel, story-telling as a branch of literature: a supposition of law that a thing is true, which is either certainly not true, or at least is as probably false as true.--adj. FIC'TIONAL.--n. FIC'TIONIST, a writer of fiction.--adj. FICTI'TIOUS, imaginary: not real: forged.--adv. FICTI'TIOUSLY.--adj. FIC'TIVE, fictitious, imaginative.--n. FIC'TOR, one who makes images of clay, &c. [Fr.,--L. fiction-em--fictus, pa.p. of fing[)e]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Feigning, invention; thing feigned or imagined, invented statement or narrative; literature consisting of such narrative, esp. novels, whence fictionist n.; conventionally accepted falsehood (esp. legal f.). Hence fictional a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. n. [Latin] Act of feigning, inventing, or imagining;—that which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially, a fictitious story; fable; fabrication; falsehood. Cabinet Dictionary
  20. The act of feigning or inventing; the thing feigned or invented; a falsehood, a lie. Complete Dictionary

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