What does artificial mean?

Definitions for artificial
ˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əlar·ti·fi·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. artificial, unrealadjective

    contrived by art rather than nature

    "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"

  2. artificial, contrived, hokey, stiltedadjective

    artificially formal

    "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"

  3. artificialadjective

    not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes


  1. artificialadjective

    Man-made; of artifice.

    The flowers were artificial, and he thought them rather tacky.

  2. artificialadjective

    False, misleading.

    Her manner was somewhat artificial.

  3. artificialadjective


  4. Etymology: Via (French: artificiel), from artificialis from artificium "skill", from artifex, from ars "skill", and -fex, from facere "to make".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Artificialadjective

    Etymology: artificiel, Fr.

    Basilius used the artificial day of torches to lighten the sports their inventions could contrive. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    The curtains closely drawn the light to skreen,
    As if he had contriv’d to lie unseen:
    Thus cover’d with an artificial night,
    Sleep did his office. John Dryden, Fables.

    There is no natural motion perpetual; yet it doth not hinder but that it is possible to contrive such an artificial revolution. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile,
    And cry, content, to that which grieves my heart,
    And wet my cheeks with artificial tears. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    These seem to be the more artificial, as those of a single person the more natural governments, orders, and institutions. William Temple.


  1. artificial

    Artificiality (the state of being artificial or manmade) is the state of being the product of intentional human manufacture, rather than occurring naturally through processes not involving or requiring human activity.


  1. artificial

    Artificial refers to something that is made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally or in the environment. It often implies an imitation of something natural or a real version, or a product of human creativity or technology. This term is commonly used in various contexts such as artificial materials, artificial intelligence, artificial flavors, among others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Artificialadjective

    made or contrived by art; produced or modified by human skill and labor, in opposition to natural; as, artificial heat or light, gems, salts, minerals, fountains, flowers

  2. Artificialadjective

    feigned; fictitious; assumed; affected; not genuine

  3. Artificialadjective

    artful; cunning; crafty

  4. Artificialadjective

    cultivated; not indigenous; not of spontaneous growth; as, artificial grasses

  5. Etymology: [L. artificialis, fr. artificium: cf. F. artificiel. See Artifice.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'artificial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4506

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'artificial' in Adjectives Frequency: #601

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of artificial in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of artificial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of artificial in a Sentence

  1. Graz Professor Thomas Schmikl:

    For robotics, and for swarm robotics in particular, there is the problem that almost all robot swarms work in clean, artificial areas – such as factories, pools, tanks, etc. – and robots that work in open nature (or within human society) are usually very short-running, expensive and mostly operating alone.

  2. Richard Liu:

    Sooner or later, our entire industry will be operated by AI (artificial intelligence) and robots, not humans.

  3. Mikhail Khodorksovsky:

    The current confrontation with the West is absolutely artificial, the cooling of relations has been inspired by those Russian elites who want to hold on to power.

  4. Wen Yang:

    Such lightweight and tough materials like fish scales are the sexy topics that materials scientists are pursuing, it is true that the natural armor is similar to artificial body armor because of the similar scale overlapping system. However, the natural armor such as these fish scales is tough and much lighter, without impeding body flexibility and locomotion.

  5. Michael Klompas:

    It's not either/or, we've created this artificial dichotomy about how we think about these viruses. But we always put out a mixture of both.

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