Definition of fictive in English:



  • 1Created by the imagination.

    ‘the novel's fictive universe’
    • ‘My investigation counterposes two modes of narrative vision suggested by fictive looks at death: reflective and refractive.’
    • ‘Donoso plays up Humberto's ‘authorship’ of Boy's reality to a great extent; Boy becomes fictive and Humberto becomes his father.’
    • ‘For when Duncan sought out the life of the imagination motivated by the claims of love, and imagined a fictive figure of himself, he proclaimed a poetry of beginnings.’
    • ‘Science Fiction, by it's very name, implies a fictive universe within an understandable scientific framework.’
    • ‘One is a fictive invention, and the other is a fiction derived from necessity.’
    • ‘Has your multiculturalism been a fictive act of solidarity, and by this I mean, do you make a show of multiculturalism instead of living it out?’
    • ‘The students, who have founded twelve fictive junior communication agencies, will compete to create the best campaign.’
    • ‘This political ventriloquism allows the writers ‘both a community and a coherent sense of self - however fictive or imaginative - from which to act and write’.’
    • ‘His tribe has both Turkmen and Arab branches (which demonstrates once again that a ‘tribe’ is often based on fictive kinship and is a little like a political party, which can be joined or left over time).’
    • ‘In his last studio, one wall was reserved exclusively for the original dog-eared photographs of his make-believe family and the fictive families of old friends.’
    • ‘It is the imaginal self, it's the dreaming self, the fictive self.’
    • ‘In contrast, Masoch's fictive world is mythical, persuasive, aesthetically oriented, and centered around the idealizing, mystical exaltation of love for the punishing woman.’
    • ‘The fictive guises assumed by these subjects signal the artifice of the ways in which the self is determined, imagined, fashioned, and photographed in an era of colonial domination.’
    • ‘Given Bernhard's debt to Dostoyevsky and other twentieth-century monologists, the question is: what is unique about Bernhard's fictive universe?’
    • ‘Michener called this fictive isle ‘Bali-h'ai’.’
    • ‘The issue of non-disclosure that Williamson raises over Faulkner's disquieting silence is likewise present in one way or another in the racially conflicted lives inhabiting Faulkner's fictive universe.’
    • ‘A gap inevitably opens up between the imaginary casting of an event (the fictive event) and the factual details of that event (the historical chronicle).’
    • ‘It helps to create a fictive space in which this endless journey acquires mythic dimensions.’
    • ‘A sinful regime passes away, and a New World Order, a fictive New Jerusalem, sort of, is created in its wake, in Mama Day.’
    • ‘Whereas autobiography may present a fictive vantage point to reflect upon the past, a film or video diary provides ‘a series of discontinuous presents’ as P. Adams Sitney suggested.’
    imaginary, imagined, pretended, make-believe, made-up, fantasy, fantasized, fancied, dream, dreamed-up, unreal, fanciful, invented, fictitious, mythical, feigned, fake, mock, imitative, sham, simulated, artificial, ersatz, dummy, false, faux, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the writing of fiction.
      ‘the obviously fictive genres, poetry, drama and the novel’
      • ‘In their fictive and non-fictive writings, they provided numerous, often very vivid, accounts of sexual abuse.’
      • ‘There will be one paper on each of the fictive genres, each essay 3-5 pages in length, with the library or the Internet backing up your insights.’


Early 17th century (but rare before the 19th century): from French fictif, -ive or medieval Latin fictivus, from Latin fingere ‘contrive, form’.