artificial

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

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 \ noun
artificially \-ˈfi-shᵊl-ē \ adverb
artificialness \-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.
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The chips have fewer calories and lower sodium and fat content than their more conventional grocery store rivals, are non-GMO and don’t have any artificial colors or additives. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "4 ideas for guilt-free summer snacking," 7 July 2018 The new ad campaign features the same clothes and artificial skin colors. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Why Jeremy's Scott New Moschino Campaign Is Being Described as Distasteful," 26 June 2018 The shade comes from crushing up real pieces of the fruit's red flesh, and there are no artificial colors or flavors added to the mix. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Releases Mango Dragonfruit Refresher," 19 June 2018 Foods labeled natural are minimally processed and free of artificial colors, flavors and additives. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A better wurst? Organic Wisconsin brats are ready for your summer grill," 22 May 2018 That pretty pink hue can come from apple skins, the introduction of other fruits or botanicals, or artificial color. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Catching the rosé cider buzz, with a tasting of our favorites," 17 May 2018 Most have opted to change ingredients, usually by replacing sugar with an artificial sweetener. The Economist, "Ditch sugar or raise prices? Drinks-makers face a new tax," 5 Apr. 2018 Michelob Ultra has announced Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, a beer made with organic grains and without artificial colors and flavorings. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Michelob Ultra Adds New Beer Offering With Organic Ingredients," 26 Feb. 2018 Long-lasting and loaded with soothing shea butter and jojoba seed oil, the lipstick is also hypo-allergenic and paraben, artificial color, talc, and fragrance-free. Southern Living, "This is the Signature Red Lipstick Claire Foy Wore As Queen Elizabeth On “The Crown”," 21 Jan. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ 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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