Meaning of anthropogenic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌanθrəpəˈdʒɛnɪk/


  • (chiefly of pollution or environmental change) originating in human activity.

    ‘anthropogenic emissions of sulphur dioxide’
    • ‘belief in anthropogenic climate change’
    • ‘Lakes are also excellent settings for studying the responses of ecosystems to natural and anthropogenic environmental change on human timescales.’
    • ‘Of course, there are many well-known cases where pollution is caused by anthropogenic emissions of chemicals.’
    • ‘While I would like to believe that there are pristine places on this planet where life has not been affected by anthropogenic activities, there are not.’
    • ‘Thus a succession of closely connected environmental and anthropogenic events destroyed the bison.’
    • ‘Global anthropogenic emissions of mercury are estimated to range between 2000 and 6000 metric tons per year.’


Late 19th century (in sense ‘relating to the study of human development’): from anthropo- + -genic.