adjective Date: 14th century 1. humanly contrived often on a natural model ; man-made <
an artificial limb
artificial diamonds
2. a. having existence in legal, economic, or political theory b. caused or produced by a human and especially social or political agency <
an artificial price advantage
artificial barriers of discrimination — R. C. Weaver
3. obsolete artful, cunning 4. a. lacking in natural or spontaneous quality <
an artificial smile
an artificial excitement
b. imitation, sham <
artificial flavor
5. based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships <
an artificial key for plant identification
artificiality nounartificially adverbartificialness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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