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Definition of artificial adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1made or produced to copy something natural; not real an artificial limb/flower/sweetener/fertilizer artificial lighting/light
  2. 2created by people; not happening naturally A job interview is a very artificial situation. the artificial barriers of race, class, and gender
  3. 3not what it appears to be synonym fake artificial emotion
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noun [uncountable]
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adverb artificially created lakes artificially low prices
Thesaurusartificialsynthetic fake man-made false faux imitationThese words all describe things that are not real, or not naturally produced or grown.artificial made or produced to copy something natural; not real:artificial flowers artificial lightsynthetic made by combining chemical substances rather than being produced naturally by plants or animals:synthetic drugs shoes made of synthetic materialfake (sometimes disapproving) made to look like something else; not genuine:a fake designer watch a fake beard a fake-fur jacketman-made made by people; not natural:man-made fibers such as nylon a man-made lakefalse (somewhat formal) not natural; not genuine, but made to look real to cheat people:false teeth/eyelashes a suitcase with a false bottomfaux not natural, but made to look or seem real:chairs covered in faux leopard skinimitation [only before noun] made to look like something else; not real:She would never wear imitation pearls.Patterns artificial/synthetic/man-made fabrics/fibers/materials/products artificial/synthetic/fake/faux/imitation fur/leather/diamonds/pearls
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: artificial