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Fictivity and Fiction Definitions

Fictivity

The state or condition of being fictive.

Fiction

The category of literature, drama, film, or other creative work whose content is imagined and is not necessarily based on fact.

Fiction

Works in this category
The fiction of Virginia Woolf.

Fiction

A work within this category
The shorter fictions of Faulkner.

Fiction

Narrative, explanatory material, or belief that is not true or has been imagined or fabricated
The notion that he was at the scene of the crime is pure fiction.
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Fiction

A narrative, explanation, or belief that may seem true but is false or fabricated
"Neutrality is a fiction in an unneutral world" (Howard Zinn).

Fiction

(Law) A verbal contrivance that is in some sense inaccurate but that accomplishes a purpose, as in the treatment of husband and wife as one person or a corporation as an entity.

Fiction

(literature) Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
I am a great reader of fiction.
The fiction section of the library

Fiction

A verbal or written account that is not based on actual events (often intended to mislead).
The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions.
The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction.
Separate the fact from the fiction

Fiction

(legal) A legal fiction.
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Fiction

The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind.

Fiction

That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially, a feigned or invented story, whether oral or written. Hence: A story told in order to deceive; a fabrication; - opposed to fact, or reality.
The fiction of those golden apples kept by a dragon.
When it could no longer be denied that her flight had been voluntary, numerous fictions were invented to account for it.

Fiction

Fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of imagination; specifically, novels and romances.
The office of fiction as a vehicle of instruction and moral elevation has been recognized by most if not all great educators.

Fiction

An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth.

Fiction

Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue.

Fiction

A literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

Fiction

A deliberately false or improbable account

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