Definition of artificial in English:

artificial

adjective

  • 1Made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.

    ‘her skin glowed in the artificial light’
    ‘an artificial limb’
    ‘artificial flowers’
    • ‘This system uses ambient light rather than an artificial light source.’
    • ‘He also makes a point of using liqueur ingredients with natural rather than artificial flavorings.’
    • ‘Natural and artificial light is reflected from the polished and honed surfaces of the stone clad interior.’
    • ‘The blocks are load-bearing and convey the same effect with both natural and artificial light, the maker says.’
    • ‘The artificial light regimen followed natural conditions, and fish were fed once a day with fresh black mussel meat.’
    • ‘Through the use of large glazed areas and reflectors, the best use is made of natural light and less artificial light is needed.’
    • ‘What is the point of spending Billions of Euros (Pounds, Yen etc) on wiping out a disease and then making artificial copies of it?’
    • ‘Shouldn't we support natural replenishment of fish stocks where possible rather than rely on artificial restocking?’
    • ‘Midwives aim to show a woman her own body's capacity to birth, rather than relying on artificial methods.’
    • ‘Most women will opt for a set of artificial nails rather than trying to grow their own out to impossible lengths.’
    • ‘A rich collection of dried flowers from Nagaland is available for those who are interested in artificial and plastic flowers.’
    • ‘High precision work is usually found to be lacking in the various units that manufacture artificial limbs.’
    • ‘We had chosen real hair rather than artificial as although more expensive it definitely looks better.’
    • ‘Now I work with Mahavir Seva Sadan, a manufacturer of artificial limbs.’
    • ‘For city-bred women, these mud pots are not meant to hold water but to accommodate flowers, both natural and artificial.’
    • ‘Sometimes the salad is kept in plastic bags where bugs incubate under artificial supermarket display lights.’
    • ‘The researchers trained moths to associate sugar-water with either yellow or blue artificial flowers.’
    • ‘Above all, 82 accident victims need artificial hands and 91 others artificial limbs for survival.’
    • ‘Visitors to Huntington Cemetery have been upset after a new sign went up banning ornaments, artificial flowers, jam jars and vases by gravesides.’
    • ‘He had his leg amputated and was fitted with an artificial limb.’
    artificial, synthetic, manufactured, machine-made, fabricated
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    1. 1.1(of a situation or concept) not existing naturally; contrived or false.
      ‘the artificial division of people into age groups’
      • ‘He went on to call the situation ‘an artificial crisis,’ caused by an increased demand resulting from all the publicity.’
      • ‘Admittedly, it was an artificial situation because the operator knew what the problem was and what sequence of keys was needed to cause the fault.’
      • ‘That would be to limit the operation of the provision to artificial situations, for which there is no justification either in principle or in the language used.’
      • ‘Unencumbered by bizarre and artificial notions of copyright and ownership, the kids will sort it out, I reckon.’
      • ‘But it creates an artificial crisis for which there is absolutely no need.’
      • ‘But we do have to answer the question, what do we do when other countries seek an artificial advantage?’
      • ‘This provokes an artificial crisis which is used to discredit the unions by placing the blame directly on them for the crisis.’
      • ‘All this meant that there was an artificial shortage of television advertising time available to be sold.’
      • ‘Life gets so much easier if we give up the artificial notion that progress is linear.’
      • ‘In this article we have made the somewhat artificial assumption that all new mutations have the same fitness effect.’
      • ‘The fact is that our house prices are a direct result of the artificial shortage caused by planning inadequacy.’
      • ‘Cultures grow through interaction, not through artificial isolation.’
      • ‘However, the Court considers it rather artificial to attempt to divide the ‘wider issues’ and the negligence issue.’
      • ‘We would like to see a policy that is led by the police, rather than an artificial device such as class A, class B, and class C drugs.’
      • ‘It looks stagy, artificial and old-fashioned, rather than cinematic.’
      • ‘Moreover, his selection of 1766 as an end point for his book seems rather artificial.’
      • ‘The politicians version of the Eurovision song contest has produced a rather artificial debate.’
      • ‘It appears to emanate from the formulation of a rather artificial linguistic paradox.’
      • ‘We must move away from this artificial reconciliation, but rather allow white people to voluntarily join us at these celebrations.’
      • ‘In the developed world, people devote considerably more time to artificial rather than real relationships.’
      synthetic, fake, false, imitation, mock, simulated, faux, ersatz, substitute
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  • 2(of a person or their behaviour) insincere or affected.

    ‘she gave an artificial smile’
    • ‘Straight through her flawless appearance and extraordinary manners I saw an artificial person.’
    • ‘It's filled with artificial people, with solemn, fake smiles, empty eyes, and briefcases.’
    • ‘Their smiles aren't real, they are artificial, paid for by him.’
    • ‘These people are so artificial, she thought as she passed a group of girls who waved at her as if they were long-time friends.’
    • ‘Her brother's worried eyes gazed into her and she felt like the most artificial person on earth.’
    • ‘Ugly thougths of Jessica and her artificial friends entered her troubled mind, making her cry out in animosity.’
    • ‘Yes, they are very artificial in their point of view.’
    • ‘The accent and intonation were near perfect, and there was no sign of affected or artificial delivery.’
    • ‘He keeps grinning an artificial smile while speaking whenever the photographer is clicking.’
    • ‘I have been repelled by attempts to portray him as a vacuous man with an artificial smile and no convictions.’
    • ‘Did nobody else notice the artificial smile plastered on Hillary's face throughout?’
    • ‘Mizu was still wearing that artificial smile until we deposited our bus tokens and found ourselves a seat.’
    • ‘Forcing an artificial smile, Sam waved to her, then held a finger to his lips.’
    • ‘There are many kinds of smiles, such as sarcastic, artificial or diplomatic smiles.’
    • ‘The acting in Blackboard is of the stilted, artificial kind that seems so jarring to the modern viewer.’
    • ‘While it seems artificial at first, it's a remarkably affecting technique.’
    • ‘It was the first time in years the day didn't seem forced and artificial.’
    • ‘A quick smile works sometimes, but it feels a bit artificial.’
    • ‘I have seen a few people who sound horribly artificial on the phone.’
    feigned, insincere, false, affected, mannered, unnatural, stilted, contrived, pretended, put-on, exaggerated, actorly, overdone, overripe, forced, laboured, strained, hollow, spurious
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  • 3Bridge
    (of a bid) conventional as opposed to natural.

    ‘the Italian team began with an artificial club’
    • ‘Bids which carry an agreed meaning other than this are called artificial or conventional.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French artificiel or Latin artificialis, from artificium ‘handicraft’ (see artifice).

Pronunciation

artificial

/ɑːtɪˈfɪʃ(ə)l/