human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü-\

Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see human entry 2) the human brain human voices problems that have occurred throughout human history
2 : consisting of humans everyone held hands and made a human chain
3a : having human form or attributes the statue is more human than the beings at his feet— Clifton Fadiman
b : representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature human kindness a human weakness such an inconsistency is very human— P. E. More

human

noun

Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) : a person : man sense 1c usually plural a disease that affects both humans and animalsincomprehensible to us humans— William James broadly : hominid the least developed of all ancestral humans — A. L. Kroeber

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Other Words from human

Adjective

humanness \ ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce humanness (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce humanlike (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for human

Synonyms: Adjective

earthborn, mortal, natural

Synonyms: Noun

baby, being, bird, bod [British], body, character, cookie (or cooky), creature, customer, devil, duck, egg, face, fish, guy, head, human being, individual, life, man, mortal, party, person, personage, scout, slob, sort, soul, specimen, stiff, thing, wight

Antonyms: Adjective

nonhuman

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Examples of human in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

humans are the only mammals not endowed with a natural defense against the elements, such as fur or a thick hide
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While human error and irresponsibility are to be expected, Tesla explicitly states on its website that Autopilot should only be operated when the driver is fully attentive and ready to take over control at any time. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Elon Musk Tweets Tacit Approval of Porn Video Shot in Tesla Model X on Autopilot," 10 May 2019 Chlorine is added to pools to kill bacteria, viruses and other things which may be harmful to the human body. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could a Shower Filter Be the Missing Component to Your Wellness Routine?," 1 May 2019 Protein structure prediction, which tries to project the three-dimensional shape of proteins in the human body, is one of the most important problems in drug design. Irving Wladawsky-berger, WSJ, "AI for Molecular Design," 30 Apr. 2019 Those cannabinoids interact with the human body, specifically with what medical professionals call the endocannabinoid system — numerous receptors that bind with chemicals present in marijuana and affect the body and mind in different ways. Mary Emily O'hara, Allure, "Why People With Asthma Can Benefit From Edibles," 20 Apr. 2019 It’s estimated that about half the cells in the human body are bacteria, and a lot of those live upon your skin, helping to make up what’s known as your skin microbiome. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Bar Soap Sanitary or Just Crawling With Germs?," 5 Apr. 2019 Here's the science behind the study: Bed rest simulates the effects of weightlessness on the human body. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "NASA Wants to Pay You to Stay in Bed All Day," 29 Mar. 2019 Manufacturers say newer forms are safer and don’t remain in the human body as long as older types. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks," 12 Feb. 2019 But since Sabrina isn't fully human, Stafford-Bridge doesn't worry about making her appear overly bronzed or even lifelike. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Living on the road has given us a deeper appreciation for the simple beauty, pleasantness, and serenity that nature can provide for a human. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 Our heroine is Cassandra Price, a brilliant mess of a human being eking out an existence at a megacorporation that her father’s work helped elevate into one of the most lucrative companies in the world. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 One sample finding: the genetic pathways to angiosarcoma are similar in humans and dogs. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The New Frontier of Participatory Cancer Research," 26 Apr. 2019 Kissing bugs get their nickname because the insect usually bites humans around their mouth. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Beware of ‘Kissing Bugs’ This Season—They Can Potentially Cause a Deadly Illness," 25 Apr. 2019 For the cover of Cohen’s controversial The New Digital Age (2012), Koons crafted a pop art image of a rainbow earth, held up by human and robotic hands. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Jeff Koons and Monica Lewinsky Attend a Book Party Honoring Accidental Presidents at Ralph Lauren," 3 Apr. 2019 Lewis’s muscular human, animal, and sometimes human-animal hybrid forms, like the landscape itself, reflects the perennial tension between the wild and the refined. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 Medical marijuana comes to Ohio Since 1970, the federal government has listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no therapeutic value although Chinese records from 5,000 years ago record humans using marijuana as medicine. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati hospitals reluctantly realize that medical marijuana is coming to town," 11 July 2018 Around 75 percent of today’s emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, or transferred by contact between wildlife and humans. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Bats," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of human

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for human

Adjective and Noun

Middle English humain, from Anglo-French, from Latin humanus; akin to Latin homo human being — more at homage

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human

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affecting people
: typical of people
: having good or bad qualities that people usually have

human

noun

English Language Learners Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person

human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, being, or characteristic of people as distinct from animals the human body
2 : having the form or characteristics of people The expression on the dog's face was almost human.

human

noun

Kids Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from human

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü- How to pronounce human (audio) \

Medical Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans the human body human biochemistry
b : primarily or usually harbored by, affecting, or attacking humans human diseases human parasites
2 : being or consisting of humans the human race
3 : consisting of members of the family Hominidae : hominid

Other Words from human

humanness \ -​mən-​nəs How to pronounce humanness (audio) \ noun

human

noun

Medical Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bipedal primate mammal of the genus Homo (H. sapiens) : man broadly : hominid

Other Words from human

humanlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce humanlike (audio) \ adjective

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