produced, formed, or made by humans.
produced artificially; not resulting from natural processes.
  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. 2019

Examples from the Web for manmade

Contemporary Examples of manmade

  • Fifty years ago, we were just beginning to learn some important lessons from natural disasters, epidemics, and manmade tragedies.

  • The official language deployed in natural and manmade disasters can often be formulaic and confusing.

  • The only way to honor our tragic histories is to create a future for our children free of manmade tragedy.

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    The Lessons of the Nakba

    Ziad J. Asali

    May 11, 2012

  • Staff members are accorded rooms in luxurious palaces or five-star hotels with views of manmade, pristine lakes.

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    When Bush Caved to Egypt

    Matt Latimer

    January 30, 2011

  • A country so steeped in manmade misfortunes, so proud of its ethos of self-support, was caught unaware when nature struck.

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    Israel's Inferno

    Fania Oz-Salzberger

    December 5, 2010

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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper