artificial

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

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>

artificiality

play \ˌär-tə-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

artificially

play \-ˈfi-shəl-ē\ adverb

artificialness

play \-ˈfi-shəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of artificial in a sentence

  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



ARTIFICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

artificial

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

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

artificial

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

Definition of artificial for Students

  1. 1 :  made by humans <an artificial lake>

  2. 2 :  not natural in quality <an artificial smile>

  3. 3 :  made to seem like something natural <artificial flowers> <artificial flavoring>

artificially

adverb

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>

artificially

\-ˈfish-(ə-)lē\play adverb

Law Dictionary

artificial

adjective ar·ti·fi·cial

Legal Definition of artificial

  1. 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. 2 :  arising through operation of law

artificially

adverb


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