Definition of human factors

Examples of human factors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Figuring out the story of Greater Adria was difficult, not only because of the geology but also due to human factors. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Reveals Lost Continent Demolished by Europe," 13 Sep. 2019 Evaluation of human factors and functional tests of the new software. Richard Weiss, Fortune, "Boeing Wants to Bring Back Its 737 Max This Year—But a Spat Between Regulators Could Thwart It," 6 Sep. 2019 Create a task force on human factors in aviation safety. Matthias Gafni,, "SFO near-miss: Capt. ‘Sully’ pushes bill, says ‘biggest threats are runway related’," 8 Aug. 2019 Its top priority might be restoring the human factor—the essence of medicine—which has slipped away, taking with it the patient-doctor relationship. Eric Topol, The New Yorker, "Why Doctors Should Organize," 5 Aug. 2019 In addition to his thoughts on the Magic City, Ohanian spoke not only about technology, but the importance of human factors in achievement. William Thornton |, al, "Reddit co-founder looking forward to Birmingham’s future," 2 Aug. 2019 In the rest of South Florida, the money for python removal is public (or tribal), the number of staff is greater and the emphasis is more on the human factor. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 But many observers think that balance has swung too far towards automation and being a technology company doesn’t eliminate the human factor. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Coming Off Paris Air Show High, Here's What Boeing Must Do to Get the 737 MAX (and Its Business) Back in the Air," 28 June 2019 The human factor The fight to keep the Icelandic language in circulation should not be confused with isolationism. Caitlin Hu, Quartz, "Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future," 2 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'human factors.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of human factors

1946, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about human factors

Statistics for human factors

Last Updated

23 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for human factors

The first known use of human factors was in 1946

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for human factors

Medical Definition of human factors

Comments on human factors

What made you want to look up human factors? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


friendly or mild

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!