Artificial meaning

är'tə-fĭsh'əl
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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Affected or insincere.

An artificial smile.

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Pretended.
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Designating or of a system of classification based on only a few characteristics, as color.
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The flowers were artificial, and he thought them rather tacky.

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Her manner was somewhat artificial.

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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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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