artificial Definition

made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, typically as a copy of something natural.

Using artificial: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "artificial" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The flowers in the vase were artificial.

  • Example

    She has an artificial leg.

  • Example

    The company produces artificial sweeteners.

  • Example

    The painting looked so real that I thought it was natural, but it turned out to be artificial.

artificial Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with artificial

  • the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and language translation


    The company is investing heavily in artificial intelligence research.

  • a medical procedure used to fertilize an egg outside the body and then place it into a woman's uterus


    The couple had to resort to artificial insemination to conceive a child.

  • a substance used to give food or drink a specific taste, made from chemicals rather than natural ingredients


    The soda contains artificial flavoring to mimic the taste of fruit.

Origins of artificial

from Latin 'artificium', meaning 'skill, craft'


Summary: artificial in Brief

'Artificial' [ˌɑːrtɪˈfɪʃl] refers to something made or produced by humans rather than occurring naturally. It can describe anything from flowers to intelligence, as in 'artificial intelligence.' The term is often used in contrast to 'natural' or 'organic,' and can have negative connotations when describing something that is fake or not genuine.

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