Artificial classification

Related to Artificial classification: natural classification
(Science) an arrangement based on superficial characters, and not expressing the true natural relations species; as, "the artificial system" in botany, which is the same as the Linnæan system.
- Johnson.
(Science) See under Artifitial.

See also: Artificial, Classification

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Thus, "it is the scope of the witness' knowledge and not the artificial classification by title that should govern the threshold question of admissibility.
Smith's provocative analysis, extending from the colonial period to the mid-20th century, shows how Whites of all classes used the artificial classifications of "Black" and "White" to justify slavery and erect the political, legal and social structure of segregation.