artificial

[ahr-tuh-fish-uhl]

adjective


Nearby words

  1. artifacting,
  2. artifactitious,
  3. artifactual,
  4. artifice,
  5. artificer,
  6. artificial aid,
  7. artificial aids,
  8. artificial blood,
  9. artificial climbing,
  10. artificial daylight

Origin of artificial

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin artificiālis contrived by art; see artifice, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for artificially

artificial

adjective

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
Derived Formsartificiality (ˌɑːtɪˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounartificially, adverb

Word Origin for artificial

C14: from Latin artificiālis belonging to art, from artificium skill, artifice

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