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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  factitious 
  adj  :  not  produced  by  natural  forces;  "brokers  created  a 
  factitious  demand  for  stocks" 




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