Definition of "artificial" [ar•ti•fi•cial]

  • Made by humans; produced rather than natural. (adjective)
  • Brought about or caused by sociopolitical or other human-generated forces or influences: set up artificial barriers against women and minorities; an artificial economic boom. (adjective)
  • Made in imitation of something natural; simulated: artificial teeth. (adjective)
  • Not genuine or natural: an artificial smile. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "artificial" in a sentence
  • "The distinction between artificial and natural virtues that dominates the virtue ethics of the Treatise is almost entirely absent from the moral Enquiry; the term ˜artificial™ occurs in the latter only once in a footnote."
  • "Even I, the anti-geek, am familiar with the term artificial intelligence."
  • "This flattering promise of computing by Minsky had received a severe beating by history, in that, more than a generation later, by 2000's, "the failed promises ofAIcontinue to haunt AI research, as the New York Times reported in 2005: 'Computer scientists and software engineers avoided the term artificial intelligence for fear of being viewed as wild-eyed dreamers.'""