human

adjective
hu·man | \ ˈhyü-mən , 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, ˈyü- \ noun

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for human

Synonyms: Adjective

mortal, natural

Synonyms: Noun

being, bird, body, character, creature, customer, devil, duck, egg, face, fish, guy, head, human being, individual, life, man, mortal, party, person, personage, scout, 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

Middle children, the most populous birth-order demographic throughout most of human history, will soon be the tiniest. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside Africa came from 1.8 million-year-old artifacts and skulls found in the Georgian town of Dmanisi. Time, "A Discovery in China Suggests That Human-Like Species Left Africa 250,000 Years Earlier Than Believed," 13 July 2018 Its kitchen is staffed by three bots and two human beings. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Plenty of information exists about, say, the limits of comparison between the complex lives of human beings and the simple ones of giant sea insects. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside Africa came from 1.8 million-year-old artifacts and skulls found in the Georgian town of Dmanisi. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, chicagotribune.com, "Stone tools excavated in China suggest human relatives left Africa earlier," 11 July 2018 Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside Africa came from 1.8 million-year-old artifacts and skulls found in the Georgian town of Dmanisi. Washington Post, "Chinese find suggests human relatives left Africa earlier," 11 July 2018 Inaction, in my mind, is a sure path to the collapse of the fundamental principles of our rights as human beings to mutual well-being and free speech. refinery29.com, "What I've Learned As A Teen Gun Reform Activist," 11 July 2018 To achieve this, scientists have begun outfitting technology with the same sensors that human beings use. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here’s the long list of the various diseases humans can contract from ticks. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Dogs are welcome to join their humans and take in the game from a special canine section behind the North End Zone. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 13): Wayne Rooney making D.C. United debut at new stadium," 13 July 2018 Pornography had existed since humans began drawing on cave walls, but Flynt took his to extremes unseen outside of gynecology textbooks. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Yep, we humans have been figuring out ways to get it on without getting pregnant since, more or less, the beginning of time. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Less attention was paid to the notion of pushing humans who were already here back over the border, as well as the realities of what stepped-up law enforcement might look like. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Can Trump's slow-motion ethnic cleansing keep whites in U.S. majority? | Will Bunch," 12 July 2018 From 2004 to 2016, scientists found seven new diseases that ticks can spread to humans, adding them to a smorgasbord of conditions. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 In Wisconsin, there are at least 16 species of tick, but not all of them transmit disease to humans. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reducing your risk of Lyme disease as the threat increases," 10 July 2018 As upsetting as this wasp may seem, wasps are generally beneficial to humans. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Wasp Has a Terrifyingly Large Stinger," 8 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

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

Noun

see human entry 1

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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 , 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 , ˈyü- \

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 \ 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 \ adjective

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