Simple Definition of artificial
: 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
Full Definition of artificial
1 : humanly contrived often on a natural model : man-made <an artificial limb> <artificial diamonds>
2 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>
5 : based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <an artificial key for plant identification>
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.
First Known Use of artificial
Medical Definition of artificial
1: humanly contrived often on a natural model <an artificial limb>
2: based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <an artificial key for identification of a group of organisms>
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