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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.
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Origin of man-made

First recorded in 1710–20
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Related Words for manmade

bogus, counterfeit, ersatz, factitious, imitation, manufactured, mock, phony, plastic, sham, simulated, specious, spurious, substitute, synthetic, unnatural, unreal, fabricated, faked, false

Examples from the Web for manmade

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Historical Examples of manmade

  • The three crowded into the cool recesses of the manmade aerie.

  • The message sank in: foreigners love disasters, natural and manmade.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The study of the Law isn't like the study of physics or whatever; these are manmade laws—commands, not descriptions.

    ...Or Your Money Back

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for manmade


  1. made or produced by man; artificial
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Word Origin and History for manmade


also man-made, c.1718, from man (n.) + made. In early use typically of institutions, etc., and opposed to what is natural or god-made. Of fibers, foodstuffs, etc., from mid-20c.

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