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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FACTI'TIOUS, a. [L. factitius, from facio.]
Made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature; artificial; as factitious cinnabar; factitious stones; factitious air.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: not produced by natural forces; "brokers created a factitious demand for stocks"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Latin facticius, from factus, past participle of facere to make, do more at do Date: 1646 1. produced by humans rather than by natural forces 2. a. formed by or adapted to an artificial or conventional standard b. produced by special effort ; sham <created a factitious demand by spreading rumors of shortage> factitiously adverb factitiousness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 specially contrived, not genuine (factitious value). 2 artificial, not natural (factitious joy). Derivatives: factitiously adv. factitiousness n. Etymology: L facticius f. facere fact- do, make

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Factitious Fac*ti"tious, a. [L. factitius, fr. facere to make. See Fact, and cf. Fetich.] 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. -- Fac-ti"tious*ly, adv. -- Fac*ti"tious-ness, n. He acquires a factitious propensity, he forms an incorrigible habit, of desultory reading. --De Quincey. Syn: Unnatural. Usage: Factitious, Unnatural. Anything is unnatural when it departs in any way from its simple or normal state; it is factitious when it is wrought out or wrought up by labor and effort, as, a factitious excitement. An unnatural demand for any article of merchandise is one which exceeds the ordinary rate of consumption; a factitious demand is one created by active exertions for the purpose. An unnatural alarm is one greater than the occasion requires; a factitious alarm is one wrought up with care and effort.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Artificial, made by art, not natural.

Moby Thesaurus

affected, artificial, assumed, bogus, counterfeit, counterfeited, engineered, fabricated, faked, false, falsified, feigned, forced, imitation, insincere, man-made, manufactured, mock, pretended, rigged, set up, sham, simulated, spurious, synthetic, unauthentic, unreal



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