by artificial means

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: artificial means - not according to natureby artificial means - not according to nature; not by natural means; "artificially induced conditions"
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My mind grew so accustomed to spring and liven by artificial means that without artificial means it refused to spring and liven.
Anything made by artificial means is called an artifact."
She had been told that, rough and brutal as they seemed just then, they were not like this all the year round, but were, in fact, quite civil persons save during certain weeks of autumn and winter, when, like the inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula, they ran amuck, and made it their purpose to destroy life--in this case harmless feathered creatures, brought into being by artificial means solely to gratify these propensities--at once so unmannerly and so unchivalrous towards their weaker fellows in Nature's teeming family.
And yet it was not because the damp had been excluded from the garden; the earth, black as soot, the thick foliage of the trees betrayed its presence; besides, had natural humidity been wanting, it could have been immediately supplied by artificial means, thanks to a tank of water, sunk in one of the corners of the garden, and upon which were stationed a frog and a toad, who, from antipathy, no doubt, always remained on the two opposite sides of the basin.
The boundary line between the part that had been cleaned and the part that had not was traceable wherever the inscription left a blank space of marble--sharply traceable as a line that had been produced by artificial means. Who had begun the cleansing of the marble, and who had left it unfinished?
Either her sleep was feigned--which I did not believe--or her unconsciousness was indeed by artificial means.
Growth of organic foods, fruits, vegetables and meat etc should be encouraged instead of those grown by artificial means as they are very dangerous for human health and responsible for many deadly diseases.
Noted economist Dr Salman Shah said if the currency is kept strong by artificial means, these benefits are transitory and unsustainable.
The parents have accused the law courts and medical staff of legal murder but poor little Charlie was actually already dead, kept breathing by artificial means. There is a difference between living and merely existing.
Because I am not a fan of being scared by artificial means. There's enough to be scared about in everyday life.
Last year, after my husband of 58 years received the devastating diagnosis of advanced ALS, he signed a release asking that he not be kept alive by artificial means; he was kept pain-free and chose to refuse all food, hastening his demise.
Now the Roosevelt administration is trying to accomplish the same thing by artificial means of the war boom; that is, an armament boom, but again, in our view, this has no possibility of permanent stability at all."