ar·ti·fi·cial adjective \ˌär-tə-ˈfi-shəl\
: not natural or real : made, produced, or done to seem like something natural
: not happening or existing naturally : created or caused by people
: not sincere
: humanly contrived often on a natural model : man-made <an artificial limb> <artificial diamonds>
a : having existence in legal, economic, or political theory
b : caused or produced by a human and especially social or political agency <an artificial price advantage> <artificial barriers of discrimination — R. C. Weaver>
a : lacking in natural or spontaneous quality <an artificial smile> <an artificial excitement>
b : imitation, sham <artificial flavor>
Examples of ARTIFICIAL
- the world's first artificial heart
- This product contains no artificial colors natural substances are used.
- The country's borders are artificial, and were set with no consideration for the various ethnic groups in the region.
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Related to ARTIFICIAL
- affected, assumed, bogus, contrived, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, mechanical, mock, phony (also phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, spurious, strained, unnatural
- artless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced
ar·ti·fi·cial adjective \ˌärt-ə-ˈfish-əl\ (Medical Dictionary)
: humanly contrived often on a natural model <an artificial limb>
: based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <an artificial key for identification of a group of organisms>
—ar·ti·fi·cial·ly \-ˈfish-(ə-)lē\ adverb
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