- made by human skill; produced by humans (opposed to natural): artificial flowers.
- imitation; simulated; sham: artificial vanilla flavoring.
- lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced; contrived; feigned: an artificial smile.
- full of affectation; affected; stilted: artificial manners; artificial speech.
- made without regard to the particular needs of a situation, person, etc.; imposed arbitrarily; unnatural: artificial rules for dormitory residents.
- Biology. based on arbitrary, superficial characteristics rather than natural, organic relationships: an artificial system of classification.
- Jewelry. manufactured to resemble a natural gem, in chemical composition or appearance.Compare assembled, imitation(def 11), synthetic(def 6).
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Examples from the Web for artificially
And we now know that while others were artificially enhancing their strength, you refused.I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie: An Open Letter to Greg LeMond
July 31, 2014
“These measures of penetrance are likely artificially high,” says University of Cardiff medical geneticist David Cooper.The Genetic Heroes That Could Cure the Sick
July 1, 2014
Right now, attempts to broker peace in Sudan are artificially divided.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan
December 9, 2013
Secessionism splits people into parts, artificially separating the voting booth from the synagogue pew.Hiring the Next Chief Rabbi
October 5, 2012
Note: negative manifestation of this retrograde is overindulgence in that which artificially stills your racing mind.Your Week: What the Stars Predict
Starsky + Cox
August 28, 2011
It is, therefore, quite superfluous to artificially stimulate it.The Sexual Question
Yet the floor was so smooth that it must have been artificially leveled.
It would be absurd to remodel them artificially after a pattern.Psychotherapy
It is to have a naturally, and not an artificially, different and separate climate.The Children
But your mind is artificially coloured: it comes from the dyer's.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
- produced by man; not occurring naturallyartificial materials of great strength
- made in imitation of a natural product, esp as a substitute; not genuineartificial cream
- pretended; assumed; insincerean artificial manner
- lacking in spontaneity; affectedan artificial laugh
- biology relating to superficial characteristics not based on the interrelationships of organismsan artificial classification
Word Origin and History for artificially
late 14c., in the phrase artificial day "part of the day from sunrise to sunset," from Old French artificial, from Latin artificialis "of or belonging to art," from artificium (see artifice). Meaning "made by man" (opposite of natural) is from early 15c. Applied to things that are not natural, whether real (artificial light) or not (artificial flowers). Artificial insemination dates from 1897. Artificial intelligence "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines" was coined in 1956.