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fictional

Something fictional has been invented, most likely for a book, play, or movie. But if you're really self-centered, you might think a fictional story is actually about you.

As the adjective form of fiction, fictional covers all the creative fabrications that arise out of a person's imagination, which might then enter a novel, a screenplay, or some other form of storytelling. While fictional characters may be based loosely on real-life people, they never actually existed. In the movie "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles transformed the real newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst into the fictional Charles Foster Kane. Hearst never went around whispering "Rosebud."

Definitions of fictional
  1. adjective
    related to or involving literary fiction
    “clever fictional devices”
    “a fictional treatment of the train robbery”
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    Antonyms:
    nonfictional
    not fictional
  2. adjective
    formed or conceived by the imagination
    “a fictional character”
    synonyms: fabricated, fancied, fictitious
    unreal
    lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
Commonly confused words

fictional / fictitious / fictive

Fictional, fictive, and fictitious all branch off the "fiction" tree, but fictional is literary, fictive is specific, and fictitious is just plain fake.

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