Artificial Definition

Made by humans, especially in imitation of something natural.
An artificial sweetener that replaces sugar; artificial flowers.
American Heritage
Made by human work or art, not by nature; not natural.
Webster's New World
Not arising from natural or necessary causes; contrived or arbitrary.
American Heritage
Made in imitation of or as a substitute for something natural; simulated.
Artificial teeth.
Webster's New World
Affected or insincere.
An artificial smile.
American Heritage

Origin of Artificial

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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