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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Factitious \Fac*ti"tious\, a. [L. factitius, fr. facere to make.
     See {Fact}, and cf. {Fetich}.]
     Made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature;
     artificial; sham; contrived; formed by, or adapted to, an
     artificial or conventional, in distinction from a natural,
     standard or rule; not natural; as, factitious cinnabar or

     jewels; a factitious taste. -- {Fac-ti"tious*ly}, adv. --
     {Fac*ti"tious*ness}, n.
     [1913 Webster]
           He acquires a factitious propensity, he forms an
           incorrigible habit, of desultory reading. --De Quincey.
     Syn: Unnatural.
     Usage: {Factitious}, {Unnatural}. Anything is unnatural when
            it departs in any way from its simple or normal state;
            it is factitious when it is wrought out or wrought up
            by labor and effort, as, a factitious excitement. An
            unnatural demand for any article of merchandise is one
            which exceeds the ordinary rate of consumption; a
            factitious demand is one created by active exertions
            for the purpose. An unnatural alarm is one greater
            than the occasion requires; a factitious alarm is one
            wrought up with care and effort.
            [1913 Webster]

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