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artificial

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adjective ar·ti·fi·cial \ˌär-tə-ˈfi-shəl\

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. 1 :  humanly contrived often on a natural model :  man-made <an artificial limb> <artificial diamonds>

  2. 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>

  3. 3 obsolete :  artful, cunning

  4. 4 a :  lacking in natural or spontaneous quality <an artificial smile> <an artificial excitement> b :  imitation, sham <artificial flavor>

  5. 5 :  based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <an artificial key for plant identification>

ar·ti·fi·ci·al·i·typlay \ˌär-tə-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
ar·ti·fi·cial·lyplay \-ˈfi-shəl-ē\ adverb
ar·ti·fi·cial·nessplay \-ˈfi-shəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of artificial

  1. the world's first artificial heart

  2. This product contains no artificial colors natural substances are used.

  3. The country's borders are artificial, and were set with no consideration for the various ethnic groups in the region.



14th Century

First Known Use of artificial

14th century


Medical Dictionary

artificial

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adjective ar·ti·fi·cial \ˌärt-ə-ˈfish-əl\

Medical Definition of artificial

  1. 1:  humanly contrived often on a natural model <an artificial limb>

  2. 2:  based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <an artificial key for identification of a group of organisms>

  3. ar·ti·fi·cial·ly \-ˈfish-(ə-)lē\play adverb






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