- 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)
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