Artificial definition

ärtə-fĭshəl
Made by human work or art, not by nature; not natural.
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Unnatural in an affected way.

An artificial smile.

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Made in imitation of or as a substitute for something natural; simulated.

Artificial teeth.

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(biol.) Designating or of a system of classification based on only a few characteristics, as color.
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Her manner was somewhat artificial.

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Made by humans, especially in imitation of something natural.

An artificial sweetener that replaces sugar; artificial flowers.

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The flowers were artificial, and he thought them rather tacky.

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Affected or insincere.

An artificial smile.

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Pretended.
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The definition of artificial refers to something that is simulated or made by humans, not by nature.

An example of the word artificial is flowers and plants which are made of plastic.

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Not arising from natural or necessary causes; contrived or arbitrary.
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Origin of artificial

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin artificiālis belonging to art from artificium craftsmanship artifice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Old French (French: artificiel), from Latin artificialis from artificium (“skill”), from artifex, from ars (“skill”), and -fex, from facere (“to make”).

    From Wiktionary