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artifact

ar·ti·fact

artifact

 
 
pronunciation:
ar tih faekt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any object made by human beings.
The museum had an exhibit of ancient Mexican artifacts.
 
definition 2: in scientific investigation, a spurious result or effect caused by the introduction of unintended substances or structures.
These results are an artifact of not having chosen the subjects for the study randomly.
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derivation: artifactual (adj.)
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