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Artificial classification

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Artificial 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.
    • Artificial classification (Science) See under Artifitial.
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Usage

In literature:

Now the first attempts resulted in artificial classifications, much like our grouping of bats with birds and whales with fish.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Christ also turned His face like a flint against this mean artificial classification of men.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Artificial classifications have for object merely the ascertaining of the name and place of a plant.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
It must not be forgotten that all classification is artificial and arbitrary, and only to be used as long as it facilitates study.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
Such a classification is obviously artificial.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Thoughts such as these result from our artificial systems and classifications.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
During this period, he came upon a critique which ultimately led to the establishment of his artificial system of plant classification.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various
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