As opposed to naturally occurring or unintentionally produced by human activity. It would include commodities, products, merchandise, parts, materials, etc.

Specifically a thing that has any work put into it.


It's not clear whether you want an adjective or a noun.


Adjective: artificial aa(r)-tu'fi-shul

  1. Contrived by art rather than nature

    "artificial flavouring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers";

    • unreal
  2. Artificially formal

    "that artificial humility that her husband hated";

    • contrived, hokey [N. Amer], stilted
  3. Not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes

-- WordWeb


Noun: artifact 'aar-ti,fakt

Usage: N. Amer (elsewhere: artefact)

  1. A man-made object taken as a whole

    • artefact [Brit]
  2. Something that appears in a scientific result that is not a true feature of thing being studied, but instead a result of the experimental or analysis method, or observational error

    "the method has no artifacts from using a low-resolution pixelization";

    • artefact [Brit]

-- WordWeb

  • I think artifact is really close, but it connotes small objects (like pottery).
    – jxh
    Oct 7 '17 at 8:01
  • atifacts is really close, could be bang on. I consider it more disconnected from personal production but I'm probably wrong. Oct 7 '17 at 15:17


[> "manufactured, created, or constructed by human beings; specifically

:synthetic man-made fibers"]1


'Produce' has a meaning which covers both agriculture and commerce, media and the arts.


The single word is either a noun or a verb.

Anything that has work put into it is covered by it.

  • also good but maybe too general, not limited to human activity but any activity. Oct 7 '17 at 15:21

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