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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Sisters of Mercy Field, a 120-by-70-yard artificial turf playing surface, will serve the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams and feature lights, a video scoreboard, a press box and bleachers for 2,000-plus attendees. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Mercy to introduce new field with girls soccer showcase," 4 Sep. 2019 The ball hit the seam where the artificial turf meets the dirt and shot up toward Escobar’s head. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks turn around slow start, dump Dodgers again," 30 Aug. 2019 Supervised games and activities such as tug of war were played on the artificial turf of Daniel R. Romito Athletic Field. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "About 700 help kick off District 80 school year," 30 Aug. 2019 In response to a question from Councilman and commission member James Pasch, Kelleher said that Brookfield is considering artificial turf for the gathering area. cleveland.com, "Beachwood Planning Commission approves mall’s plans for covered walkway, outdoor gathering area," 28 Aug. 2019 The Eagles had 61 rushing yards on the stadium's new artificial turf, and 37 passing. al, "Lee-Huntsville runs away with 49-0 victory over Columbia," 23 Aug. 2019 Others included installing about $100,000 of artificial turf to cover what is typically asphalt surrounding the field’s perimeter. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders beat Packers on 80-yard field in Winnipeg," 22 Aug. 2019 When the dome is not in use, this ring will be covered by artificial turf and will not affect play, the news release said. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "National Sports Center to add 8-story dome to Blaine athletic complex," 20 Aug. 2019 Ace Cafe Orlando is planning to improve its outdoor space by adding 15,000 square feet of artificial turf to its 3-acre downtown property. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "Ace Cafe Orlando adds a downtown ‘lawn’ for events," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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artificial

adjective

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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