Definition of artificial
2a : having existence in legal, economic, or political theoryb : caused or produced by a human and especially social or political agency an artificial price advantage Within these companies, qualified women run into artificial barriers that prevent them from advancing to top positions in management. — James J. Kilpatrick
4 : based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships an artificial key for plant identification
artificialityplay \ˌär-tə-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
artificiallyplay \-ˈfi-shəl-ē\ adverb
artificialnessplay \-ˈfi-shəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of artificial in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of artificial from the Web
A University of Illinois professor who spent decades pushing for a federal ban on artery-clogging artificial trans fats has died at age 102.
Proponents argue that when animals build these artificial structures, natural selection starts to modify the structure and the animal in a reciprocal loop.
Qualcomm Inc.'s latest Snapdragon chip for smartphones has a module for handling artificial intelligence tasks, while Google announced its first chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), in 2016.
Across Independence Avenue, at the D.C. War Memorial, which honors Washington’s 499 World War I dead, there was a display of blue and white artificial flowers left by the Scottish American Military Society.
After that, Alex faces months of physical therapy on a leg that has an artificial hip and knee in addition to the femur.
As the biggest maker of graphics chips, Nvidia has proved that type of processor’s ability to perform multiple tasks in parallel has value in new markets, where artificial intelligence is increasingly important.
In the eighth paragraph, Waldman said Ogle still hasn't heard a word from Ajin's owners or senior executives and the company sent only a single artificial flower to the young woman's funeral.
AlphaGo’s victory on Thursday simply reinforced the progress and power of artificial intelligence to handle specific but highly complex tasks.
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Origin and Etymology of artificial
First Known Use: 15th century
ARTIFICIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of artificial for English Language Learners
: 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
ARTIFICIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of artificial for Students
1 : made by humans an artificial lake
2 : not natural in quality an artificial smile
3 : made to seem like something natural artificial flowers artificial flavoring
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
Legal Definition of artificial
1a : made by humans artificial accessions — compare natural b : caused or produced by a human and especially social or political agency an artificial price advantage
2 : arising through operation of law
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