[ ahr-tuh-fish-uhl ]
/ ˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl /
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.
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Origin of artificial
OTHER WORDS FROM artificial
ar·ti·fi·cial·ly, adverbar·ti·fi·cial·ness, nouno·ver·ar·ti·fi·cial, adjectiveo·ver·ar·ti·fi·cial·ly, adverb
su·per·ar·ti·fi·cial, adjectivesu·per·ar·ti·fi·cial·ly, adverbun·ar·ti·fi·cial, adjectiveun·ar·ti·fi·cial·ly, adverb
Words nearby artificial
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British Dictionary definitions for artificialness'
/ (ˌɑːtɪˈfɪʃəl) /
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 forms of artificialartificiality (ˌɑːtɪˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounartificially, adverb
Word Origin for artificial
C14: from Latin artificiālis belonging to art, from artificium skill, artifice
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