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Definition relating to fiction
in various senses, including:
  • "The fictive world of her novel..." — made up (not real)
  • "fictive talent" — capable of imaginative creation
  • "fictive sympathy" — adopted in order to deceive
  • Rory Gilmore grew up in the fictive town of Stars Hollow.
  • fictive talent
  • fictive sympathy
  • The assignment is to create a marketing plan for a fictive company that sells electric cars.
  • If we are fictive, we have no right to 'believe' anything at all.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • The cold air gave fictive power.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • When creditors came by demanding to see the owner of the building, Holmes referred them happily to the fictive H. S. Campbell.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • I have always fondly remembered a remark that I heard fall years ago from the lips of Ivan Turgenieff in regard to his own experience of the usual origin of the fictive picture.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I have always fondly remembered a remark that I heard fall years ago from the lips of Ivan Turgenieff in regard to his own experience of the usual origin of the fictive picture.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • They ran about the room, holding up their hands and wailing, "Won't he never remember nothing about nothing?" and charged back to purr with fictive calm, "Now no use getting fussed, Fatty.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • When lay readers encounter a fictive text, they focus, as they should, on the story and the characters: who are these people, what are they doing, and what wonderful or terrible things arehappening to them?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • This symmetrical compositionthe same motif appears at the beginning and at the endmay seem quite novelistic to you, and I am willing to agree, but only on condition that you refrain from reading such notions as fictive, fabricated, and untrue to life into the word novelistic.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • At noontime I no longer browsed in the Post, but walked over to the newspaper stand near Times Square and bought a copy of the Daily Worker, which without ostentation—indeed, with grave casualness—I read, or tried to read, at my desk in my habitual way as I chewed at a kosher pickle and a pastrami sandwich, relishing each instant I was able to play, in this fortress of white Anglo-Saxon power, the dual role of imaginary Communist and fictive Jew.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • I described Dad's symptoms, attributing them not to my father but to a fictive uncle.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • If we are only fictive, it's pure imagination that candy and soda have any taste.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Hiram S. Campbell was the fictive owner of Holmes's Englewood building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In that fictive universe, violence is symbolic action.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • On the other hand, a too rigid insistence on the fictive world corresponding on all points to the world we know can be terribly limiting not only to our enjoyment but to our understanding of literary works.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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