1 literary works invented by the imagination, such as novels or short stories
2 an invented story or explanation; lie
3 the act of inventing a story or explanation
4 (Law) something assumed to be true for the sake of convenience, though probably false (C14: from Latin fictio a fashioning, hence something imaginary, from fingere to shape)
fictioneer, fictionist n
a a literary genre that makes imaginative use of scientific knowledge or conjecture
b (as modifier)
a science fiction writer
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