an·​thro·​po·​cen·​tric ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce anthropocentric (audio)
: considering human beings as the most significant entity of the universe
: interpreting or regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences
anthropocentrically adverb
anthropocentrism noun

Examples of anthropocentric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their anthropocentric perspective has increased their accessibility while diminishing their impact. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 This bias was more pronounced among people with stronger anthropocentric creativity beliefs, who believe that creativity is a uniquely human characteristic. Kwame Christian, Forbes, 4 May 2023 The inherent anthropocentric bias in people highlights the importance of investing in employees' communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. Kwame Christian, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Fiction is, at its core, anthropocentric. Cara Blue Adams, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2023 Even though the term is obviously anthropocentric. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2013 But in other ways, the climate movement’s scope has narrowed, mainstreaming its message by rendering it more mathematical and anthropocentric—paradoxically more consistent with the capitalist mindset that has brought us here. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2020 Finally, going back to the distinction between types of selection, the whole argument is necessarily anthropocentric. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 26 May 2011 Which presents quite a question: How in the heck did Herzing figure out a way to both not teach the dolphins an anthropocentric language and ensure the language was speakable by both species? Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 18 Feb. 2011

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Word History


anthropo- + -centric, perhaps after German anthropocentrisch (later anthropozentrisch)

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthropocentric was in 1855

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“Anthropocentric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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