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  • Relating to fiction; invented for the purposes of fiction.

    ‘fictional texts’
    • ‘a fictional character’
    • ‘To help him play Trevor with conviction, Ferns invented a fictional biography for the troubled man.’
    • ‘It is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel.’
    • ‘Wrong's excellent book is peopled by the kind of characters no fictional framing could ever conceive.’
    • ‘By the way: the invitation to this party says that I should come dressed as a fictional character.’
    • ‘He is fictional, but his character is interestingly similar to the early life of Pius XII.’
    • ‘I think I can afford to be indecisive on the matter of which fictional character I like the most.’
    • ‘However, the action of the play and the feelings of both the characters are entirely fictional.’
    • ‘Mock biographies of fictional characters have long been a staple joke of publishers.’
    • ‘He is quite happy to be compared to Mary Shelley's fictional character, Frankenstein.’
    • ‘Now imagine how our fictional family's activities are affected by heritage legislation.’
    • ‘They can either be fictional, someone you know right now, or someone that you knew a long time ago.’
    • ‘Create a specific brief for an article and then write it, or make up a fictional company and write copy for their website.’
    • ‘Both started out with a narrowly defined fictional territory, and both have tried to extend their range.’
    • ‘For film producers, the past is merely a starting point, the foundation on which to build a fictional story.’
    • ‘The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision.’
    • ‘He was part of the way through publishing a short fictional novel on his blog.’
    • ‘As companies rush to patent gene sequences, a fictional lawsuit raises disturbing questions.’
    • ‘Gaumontville takes place in a fictional municipality on the day of a mayoral election.’
    • ‘The police in his books are definitely the good guys, despite a trend for corrupt fictional detectives.’
    • ‘Last year he won an award at a London catering show for carving another fictional wizard, Harry Potter.’
    fictitious, invented, imaginary, imagined, made up, make-believe, unreal, fabricated, concocted, devised, mythical, storybook, the product of someone's imagination
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/ˈfikSH(ə)nəl/ /ˈfɪkʃ(ə)nəl/