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[man-meyd] /ˈmænˈmeɪd/
produced, formed, or made by humans.
produced artificially; not resulting from natural processes.
  1. (of a fiber) manufactured synthetically from a cellulosic or noncellulosic base; produced chemically.
  2. (of a fabric or garment) constructed of synthetically made fibers.
Origin of man-made
1710-20 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for manmade


made or produced by man; artificial
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Word Origin and History for manmade

also man-made, c.1718, from man (n.) + made. In early use typically of institutions, etc., and opposed to what is natural or god-made. Of fibers, foodstuffs, etc., from mid-20c.

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