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factitious

 [fak-tish´us]
artificial; not natural.
factitious disorder a mental disorder characterized by repeated, knowing simulation of physical or psychological symptoms for no apparent purpose other than obtaining treatment. Unlike malingering there is no recognizable motive for feigning illness. It is subtyped on the basis of whether the predominant signs and symptoms are physical (munchausen syndrome), psychological, or both. See also ganser syndrome.
factitious disorder by proxy a form of factitious disorder in which one person (usually a mother) intentionally fabricates or induces signs and symptoms of one or more physical (munchausen syndrome by proxy) or psychological disorders in another person under their care (usually a child) and subjects that person to needless and sometimes dangerous or disfiguring diagnostic procedures or treatment, without any external incentives for the behavior existing.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

fac·ti·tious

(fak-tish'ŭs), Do not confuse this word with factitial.
Artificial; self-induced; not naturally occurring.
[L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

factitious

adjective Pertaining or referring to consciously determined symptoms, driven by an unconscious but compelling need to assume a “sick role”, usually in absence of an external incentive.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

factitious

adjective Referring to symptoms driven by an unconscious, compelling need to assume a 'sick role', usually in absence of an external incentive. See Munchausen disease.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fac·ti·tious

(fak-tish'ŭs)
Artificial; self-induced; not naturally occurring.
[L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

fac·ti·tious

(fak-tish'ŭs)
Artificial; self-induced; not naturally occurring.
[L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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He treats Concord as a well-spring of factitiousness and hereditary prejudice, and as a microcosm in which all the world's foolishness and pettiness is on display.
Many so-called facts are actually an alloy of sheer factitiousness and of something else that may or may not be something truly substantive, according to some social constructionists.
As the little story in Walden about the horseman crossing the bog and as the occasional ineptness of Thoreau's Maine guides illustrate, there can be factitiousness about nature just as much as, if not a lot more than there can be factitiousness about culture, and this factitiousness can be equally absurd and comical, as well as dangerous.
Here we touch on one of the only thoughts of the body, which is neither body and soul nor body and chattels, that is to say a non-generic corporality but one that is given up to the factitiousness (32) of always being a body, this body that exists, in a uniqueness that in fact makes a mimesis possible.
Therefore the dead, who presumably are free from mental constraints, may discover the subterfuges and factitiousness ('Vorwand') of everything we accomplish, and nothing remains itself ('Alles | ist nicht es selbst') because our perception always distorts it by contrasting it with something else (ll.
Moreover, Jonson's own importance in redefining the idea of authorship condemns him to a subsidiary role in later literary history, for any model of literary progress grounded in nature must be embarrassed by evidence of its own factitiousness. Insofar as literature is supposed to reflect and instantiate human essence -- The Best That Has Been Thought And Said -- it is imperative to represent that Best as a cumulative, continuously-developing body of expression, not marked by rupture, acrimony, or self-repudiation.
Wolfson says she will refute the notion that attention to form is trivial, "by demonstrating how, in the critical perspectives that have evolved after New Criticism, attention to form can articulate issues often felt to be inimical: not only the factitiousness of organic coherence, closed designs, and cognitive totality, but also the construction of forms in relation to subjectivity, cultural ideology, and social circumstance" (19).
While the competencies required of the spectator by Chadwick's Glossolalia, 1993, are not entirely distinct from those necessitated by an encounter with Eisenman's The Minotaur Hunt, the factitiousness and "spontaneity" of painting, as opposed to the constructivism of sculptural hybrids, presents a more convincing totalization of attitude.
Moreover, Jonson's own importance in redefining the idea of authorship condemns him to a subsidiary role in later literary history, for any model of literary progress grounded in nature must be embarrassed by evidence of its own factitiousness. Insofar as literature is supposed to reflect and instantiate human essence--The Best That Has Been Thought And Said--it is imperative to represent that Best as a cumulative, continuously-developing body of expression, not marked by rupture, acrimony, or self-repudiation.