human factors

noun

plural in form but singular in construction

Examples of human factors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the period, writers like Mary Parker Follett (1920s), Berle and Means (1931), Elton Mayo (1940s) and Douglas McGregor (1960s) made the case for human factors. Steve Denning, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 But even in the tiny victory of forcing a recall based on human factors, NHTSA has contributed in its small way to the growing understanding that Tesla’s claims about their technology are untrue and unsafe. Ed Niedermeyer, Rolling Stone, 17 Dec. 2023 As of Friday, the Coast Guard was still investigating what caused the ship to run aground and could not say whether environmental or human factors may have played a role. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2023 How were human factors used to frame the context of a decision? Aaron Burciaga, Forbes, 17 July 2023 The warming from greenhouse gases is actually greater than 2 F (1.1 C), but it has been masked by other human factors that have a cooling effect, such as air pollution. Michael Wysession, Fortune, 27 July 2023 Documentation Documentation captures the traceability—as well as the clarity, consistency and accuracy—of data, algorithms and human factors within AI. Aaron Burciaga, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Compared To Outer Space Human Body Limitations Aside from the obvious practical limitations, there are human factors that will ultimately determine whether long-term habitation of such structures is feasible. Conor Feehly, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2023 After building a career on flashy action, explosive set pieces and quippy bad-boy dialogue, Guy Ritchie dials things down to a pleasing degree, focusing more on human factors like honor, loyalty and dogged perseverance in the war thriller The Covenant. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of human factors was in 1946

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“Human factors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20factors. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

human factors

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
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