convenient fiction

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  • I'd been thinking all along, that he was just a convenient fiction, useful for an address, and now he turns out about the realest person going. Cited from August First, by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
  • Gray, too, wished that she would not sing quite so loudly, lest it should destroy the convenient fiction of the laryngitis. Cited from The First Soprano, by Mary Hitchcock
  • Pincombe and Shrank wrote that the excuse of Henry's absence "was nothing more than a convenient fiction".
  • After thinking the matter over, I came to the conclusion that "mother of the house" was merely a convenient fiction, and simply stood for the general sense of the women-folk, or something of the sort. Cited from A Crystal Age, by W. H. Hudson
  • I believe -- as I shall try to prove in a later lecture -that desire, like force in mechanics, is of the nature of a convenient fiction for describing shortly certain laws of behaviour. Cited from The Analysis of Mind, by Bertrand Russell
  • The convenient fiction of the divine right of kings was invented, and religion was used to bolster up the institution and to provide a sanction for submission to absolutism. Cited from Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government, by Ashworth
  • If you ask that convenient fiction, the Man in the Street, what sort of plant a cactus is, he will probably tell you it is all leaf and no stem, and each of the leaves grows out of the last one. Cited from Science in Arcady, by Grant Allen
  • Maybe the name De Morainville is not, but was a convenient fiction of Alix herself, well understood as such by Francoise and Suzanne. Cited from Strange True Stories of Louisiana, by George Washington Cable
  • Hitherto the Prince had exercised his power under the convenient fiction of the King's authority, systematically conducting the rebellion in the name of his Majesty, and as his Majesty's stadholder. Cited from Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1574-76 by Motley
  • Since the trustee is assumed to behave honestly, any profits made may be assumed (by this "convenient fiction") to be made by the trust money, and any losses from the trustee's personal funds.