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 or involving humans everyone held hands and made a human chain human interactions human spaceflight
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 plurala 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 human (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for human

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Why are human beings always so nostalgic for past eras that seemed difficult and dangerous to those who lived through them? Johan Norberg, WSJ, "Why We Can’t Stop Longing for the Good Old Days," 26 Dec. 2020 Millions of years ago, the ancestors of human beings were covered in hair. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Body Hair," 23 Dec. 2020 Despite all the differences of style and historical context, the implacable force of nature comes through in both works — a reminder of the smallness and weakness of human beings when measured against it. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "‘To Be Determined’ at the Dallas Museum of Art explores hope and resilience in these troubled times," 23 Dec. 2020 Too many times, society has failed to afford kiddos like mine the gift of being whole human beings. Washington Post, "My daughter’s tween ’tude is a welcome reminder that she’s so much more than her disability," 21 Dec. 2020 Though Sheikh and others strongly suspect that the signal is really human in origin, BLC-1 is the most tantalizing detection Breakthrough has made so far in its search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. Nadia Drake, Science, "Alien hunters detect mysterious radio signal from nearby star," 18 Dec. 2020 In this game, players have to coordinate to accomplish tasks in the totally normal home where devils are pretending to be human. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "The 7th Jackbox Party Pack Is the First Perfect Pack," 15 Dec. 2020 Only some are about mermaids falling in love and wanting to be human, like Ariel and Ponyo. Peter Goggin, The Conversation, "Mermaids aren’t real – but they’ve fascinated people around the world for ages," 14 Dec. 2020 The latest counts indicate that as much as half of all the biological matter in your body is not human. David Pride, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, the Turing test is all about our inability to detect the difference between an interaction with a human and a computer. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "Searching for the Atoms of Life," 20 Oct. 2020 Almost all of them had prior contact with an infected human. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: A Kid Tried to Pet My Dog and I Said No," 26 Aug. 2020 The game warden lieutenant from the Bay Area region could not recall a single coyote bite to a human in more than a decade of working in the area, Foy said. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Rogue Moraga coyote linked by DNA to two recent attacks," 13 Dec. 2020 Future plans call for returning a human to the moon and perhaps a permanent moon base. Bloomberg.com, "Chinese Capsule With Moon Rocks Begins Return to Earth," 13 Dec. 2020 Regularly in their company are the emotionally needy Stupid Horse (J.D. Witherspoon), a horse, and the tracksuit-wearing, haiku-declaiming King Yeti (Andre Pascoe), a human. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Meet the mysterious cartoonist behind ‘the weirdest thing on Adult Swim’," 13 Dec. 2020 Normally, researchers would take years and finish animal testing before injecting any doses into a human. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "How Pfizer Delivered a Covid Vaccine in Record Time: Crazy Deadlines, a Pushy CEO," 12 Dec. 2020 Sometimes an obscure virus jumps from an animal to a human and paralyzes the globe. Benjamin Mazer, Wired, "Republicans Are P-Hacking the Supreme Court," 11 Dec. 2020 The PS5′s retail box touts not only 4K gaming, but 8K, despite the fact that almost no human on the planet even has an 8K TV at this point. Britton Peele, Dallas News, "Review: Sony’s new PlayStation 5 feels like a luxury item, but one worth the investment," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of human was in the 15th century

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Human.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for human

human

adjective
How to pronounce human (audio)

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 human (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 human (audio) \ adjective

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