adjective hu·man \ˈhyü-mən, ˈyü-\

: of, relating to, or affecting people

: typical of people

: having good or bad qualities that people usually have

Full Definition of HUMAN

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of humans
:  consisting of humans
a :  having human form or attributes
b :  susceptible to or representative of the sympathies and frailties of human nature <such an inconsistency is very human — P. E. More>
hu·man·ness \-mən-nəs\ noun

Examples of HUMAN

  1. problems that have occurred throughout human history
  2. She is a very kind and human person.
  3. The dog's expression was almost human.
  4. The assembly line was a human machine.
  5. Everyone held hands and formed a human chain.

Origin of HUMAN

Middle English humain, from Anglo-French, from Latin humanus; akin to Latin homo human being — more at homage
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

Rhymes with HUMAN



: a person

Full Definition of HUMAN

:  a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) :  man; broadly :  hominid
hu·man·like \-mən-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of HUMAN

  1. <humans are the only mammals not endowed with a natural defense against the elements, such as fur or a thick hide>

First Known Use of HUMAN

circa 1533

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt


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