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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

artificial /ˌɑːtɪˈfɪʃəl/ adj
  1. produced by man; not occurring naturally: artificial materials of great strength
  2. made in imitation of a natural product, esp as a substitute; not genuine: artificial cream
  3. pretended; assumed; insincere: an artificial manner
  4. lacking in spontaneity; affected: an artificial laugh
  5. relating to superficial characteristics not based on the interrelationships of organisms: an artificial classification
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin artificiālis belonging to art, from artificium skill, artifice

artificiality /ˌɑːtɪˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ/ n ˌartiˈficially adv



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