artificial: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (är"tu-fish'ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. made by human skill; produced by humans (opposed to natural): artificial flowers.
  2. imitation; simulated; sham: artificial vanilla flavoring.
  3. lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced; contrived; feigned: an artificial smile.
  4. full of affectation; affected; stilted: artificial manners; artificial speech.
  5. made without regard to the particular needs of a situation, person, etc.; imposed arbitrarily; unnatural: artificial rules for dormitory residents.
  6. based on arbitrary, superficial characteristics rather than natural, organic relationships: an artificial system of classification.
  7. manufactured to resemble a natural gem, in chemical composition or appearance. Cf. assembled, imitation (def. 11),(def. 6).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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