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artificial

ar·ti·fi·cial

artificial

 
pronunciation:
ar tih fI shl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: created by human beings.
Many pilots get a large part of their training under artificial conditions.Most artificial fibers for carpets are less expensive than natural fibers.
 
synonyms:
man-made, synthetic
antonyms:
natural
similar words:
manufactured
definition 2: created to imitate something natural.
They play on artificial grass.Do you ever use an artificial sweetener in your tea?
synonyms:
imitation, simulated
antonyms:
genuine, natural, real
similar words:
cultured, ersatz, fake, false, man-made, mock, sham, synthetic
definition 3: not true or sincere; contrived; forced.
The air seemed filled with artificial laughter.Her apology sounded artificial to me.
synonyms:
affected, contrived, forced, unnatural
antonyms:
earthy, natural
similar words:
factitious, insincere, mannered, plastic, synthetic
derivations: artificially (adv.), artificiality (n.)
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The word artificial contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.