artificial

adjective
ar·​ti·​fi·​cial | \ ˌär-tə-ˈfi-shᵊl How to pronounce artificial (audio) \

Definition of artificial

1 : humanly contrived (see contrive sense 1b) often on a natural model : man-made an artificial limb artificial diamonds
2a : 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 Within these companies, qualified women run into artificial barriers that prevent them from advancing to top positions in management.— James J. Kilpatrick
3a : lacking in natural or spontaneous quality an artificial smile an artificial excitement
b : imitation, sham artificial flavor
4 : based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships an artificial key for plant identification
5 obsolete : artful, cunning

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Other Words from artificial

artificiality \ ˌär-​tə-​ˌfi-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce artificiality (audio) \ noun
artificially \ ˌär-​tə-​ˈfi-​shᵊl-​ē How to pronounce artificially (audio) \ adverb
artificialness \ ˌär-​tə-​ˈfi-​shəl-​nəs How to pronounce artificialness (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Necib and her colleagues combined FIRE and Gaia data and analyzed them by applying deep learning methods, like algorithms and artificial neural networks. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New stars found in the Milky Way were born outside of it," 12 July 2020 In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Domino Park’s 30 or so white social distancing circles on artificial grass quickly became a go-to visual for describing the city mid-pandemic. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "How the Creator of Domino Park’s Social Distancing Circles Spends His Sundays," 10 July 2020 The trip includes a guide, rod, reel, artificial lures and live bait. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA players in Disney World will be able to experience perks like Expedition Everest, golf courses and boating trips," 10 July 2020 Emirati hotel brand Jumeirah has dozens of properties across the Persian Gulf, Europe, and Asia — but none are as iconic as the Burj Al Arab, on an artificial island off of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 North Africa and Middle East City Hotels," 8 July 2020 The 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act imposes liability of up to $1,500 for any call or text placed to a mobile phone without prior consent using an automatic dialing system or artificial or prerecorded voice. Greg Stohr, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban," 6 July 2020 Add firewood and artificial logs easily through the sliding door. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Kick your outdoor entertaining up a notch with these 13 fire pits," 6 July 2020 For school trout, fish the gas rigs and artificial reefs with a slip-cork rig and live shrimp. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 3 July 2020 Additionally, artificial crab has more sodium and sugar. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, "The Real Story Behind Imitation Crab," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of artificial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artificial

see artifice

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27 Jul 2020

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“Artificial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/artificial. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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artificial

adjective
How to pronounce artificial (audio)

English Language Learners 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

artificial

adjective
ar·​ti·​fi·​cial | \ ˌär-tə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce artificial (audio) \

Kids Definition of artificial

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

Other Words from artificial

artificially adverb

artificial

adjective
ar·​ti·​fi·​cial | \ ˌärt-ə-ˈfish-əl How to pronounce artificial (audio) \

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

Other Words from artificial

artificially \ -​ˈfish-​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce artificially (audio) \ adverb

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artificial

adjective
ar·​ti·​fi·​cial

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

Other Words from artificial

artificially adverb

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