Definitions for factitiousfækˈtɪʃ əs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
artificial or contrived; not spontaneous or natural.
Origin of factitious:
1640–50; < L factīcius artificial. See fact , -itious
not produced by natural forces
"brokers created a factitious demand for stocks"
Created by humans, artificial.
Origin: From factitius "artificial", from facere "to make, do".
made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature; artificial; sham; 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