An example of the word artificial is flowers and plants which are made of plastic.
- made by human work or art, not by nature; not natural
- made in imitation of or as a substitute for something natural; simulated: artificial teeth
- unnatural in an affected way: an artificial smile
- Biol. designating or of a system of classification based on only a few characteristics, as color
Origin of artificialMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin artificialis ; from artificium, artifice
- a. Made by humans, especially in imitation of something natural: an artificial sweetener that replaces sugar; artificial flowers.b. Not arising from natural or necessary causes; contrived or arbitrary: “Hausa [in Niger] &ellipsis; are separated from their brethren in Nigeria by a porous and artificial border that the colonial powers left behind” (Jeffrey Tayler).
- Affected or insincere: an artificial smile.
Origin of artificialMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin artifici&amacron;lis, belonging to art, from artificium, craftsmanship; see artifice.
(comparative more artificial, superlative most artificial)