Definition of Artificial

1. Adjective. Contrived by art rather than nature. "Artificial sweeteners"

2. Adjective. Artificially formal. "When people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
Exact synonyms: Contrived, Hokey, Stilted
Similar to: Affected, Unnatural

3. Adjective. Not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes.
Similar to: Inorganic
Derivative terms: Artificiality

Definition of Artificial

1. a. 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.

Definition of Artificial

1. Adjective. Man-made; of artifice. ¹

2. Adjective. False, misleading. ¹

3. Adjective. Unnatural. ¹

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Definition of Artificial

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Artificial

1. Made by art, not natural or pathological. Origin: L. Ars = art, facere = to make (18 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Artificial

artificial (current term)
artificial Carlsbad salt
artificial Kissingen salt
artificial Vichy salt
artificial active immunity
artificial additive
artificial anatomy
artificial ankylosis
artificial anus
artificial anuses
artificial art
artificial blood
artificial crown

Literary usage of Artificial

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1876)
"artificial Respiration in Fulminant Apoplexy.—Some nine years ago Prof. ... By artificial respiration the blood is saturated with the oxygen, ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1916)
"artificial light possesses an advantage in that both its intensity and its ... Sources of artificial daylight, which duplicate certain conditions of natural ..."

3. A Treatise on Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume, Thomas Hill Green (1874)
"Wlmt. is ' artificial virtue' ? could not be made, or property exist apart from social convention, any question about a primitive obligation to respect them ..."

4. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1905)
"They are artificial if they are the outcome of human work. ... As such artificial new formations along the bank of a boundary river may more or less push ..."

5. Transactions by American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Metallurgical Society of AIME, Society of Mining Engineers of AIME., Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (U.S.). (1918)
"(St. Louis Meeting, October, 1917) THE purpose of this paper is to make public record of new information in regard to the sustaining power of artificial ..."

6. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1894)
"A SUBSTITUTE FOR AN artificial PUPIL BY CE FERREE AND GERTRUDE RAND Bryn Mawr College It is a well-known principle of physiological optics that the amount ..."

7. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1890)
"When the conditions under which artificial digestions are usually carried on are compared with those under which digestion takes place in the alimentary ..."

8. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"These artificial persons are called bodies politic, bodies corporate (corpora ... The question whether these artificial persons are to be considered as real ..."

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