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  1. produced, formed, or made by humans.
  2. produced artificially; not resulting from natural processes.
  3. Textiles.
    1. (of a fiber) manufactured synthetically from a cellulosic or noncellulosic base; produced chemically.
    2. (of a fabric or garment) constructed of synthetically made fibers.

Origin of man-made

First recorded in 1710–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of man-made

  • You are right in your idea that this whole affair is man-made and not an accident of nature.

    The Solar Magnet

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • If it be man-made, and I'll bet my bottom dollar that it is, we will also have to destroy it.

    The Solar Magnet

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • These rays are man-made and, as such, can be accounted for by man.

  • Of what use are man-made laws with only man-made penalties, or none at all?

    Pygmalion's Spectacles

    Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

  • Those names are man-made, and creeds of those churches are man-made, too.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for man-made


  1. made or produced by man; artificial
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