AskDefine | Define factitious

Dictionary Definition

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

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Etymology

From factitius "artificial", from facere "to make, do".

Adjective

  1. Created by humans, artificial.
    • 1661, Robert Lovell, a Compleat History of Animals and Minerals, page 351
      [...] if from eroſion of the gumms, by ſuch things as reſtore them, ſtrengthen and bind them; if wanting, it may be helped by the factitious; their ſordes are remooved, by waſhing and cleaning them; and their blackneſſe, by dentifrices.
  2. Counterfeit, fabricated.

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