And Romney as Remainderman is not a function of mere circumstance, but an artifact of explicit calculation.
The local housing shortage is an artifact of the national housing crisis.
The newspaper column as we kno it is an artifact of telegraphy.
1821, artefact, "anything made by human art," from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte "by skill" (ablative of ars "art;" see art (n.)) + factum "thing made," from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The spelling with -i- is by 1884, by influence of the Latin stem. Archaeological application dates from 1890.
artifact ar·ti·fact or ar·te·fact (är'tə-fākt')
A structure or substance not normally present but produced by an external agent or action, such as a structure seen in a microscopic specimen after fixation that is not present in the living tissue.
A skin lesion produced or perpetuated by self-inflicted action.
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