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.

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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Arvind Krishna:

    Artificial Intelligence is a powerful tool that can help law enforcement keep citizens safe. But vendors and users of Al systems have a shared responsibility to ensure that Al is tested for bias, particularly when used in law enforcement, and that such bias testing is audited and reported.

  2. Jason Miller:

    It is one of President Trump's super powers, president Trump understood very early on that social media, Twitter in particular, gave President Trump unvarnished access to the American people and President Trump supporters. What President Trump maximized was social media's ability to bypass the artificial conversation created by the mainstream media.

  3. Satoshi Sekiguchi:

    They [the government] recognize that artificial intelligence will be a key to the future, or the key to the competitiveness of the industry.

  4. Larry Hogan:

    Im not sure ... putting an artificial deadline of saying were going to get everything open by Easter is unrealistic from all the experts and the scientists that were talking to, this idea of somehow without any real data picking high risk versus low risk -- I dont think thats really realistic.

  5. Sage Chief Executive Jeff Jonas:

    It's almost like an artificial hibernation to keep the brain and the body at rest in the hopes that something can be done for the patient.

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