human relations

noun

plural in form but usually singular in construction
1
: a study of human problems arising from organizational and interpersonal relations (as in industry)
2
: a course, study, or program designed to develop better interpersonal and intergroup adjustments

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Observational team members would have skills in finance, auditing and human relations, Ronayne said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2023 Film, cellphones, and other digital formats put a screen between human relations. Armond White, National Review, 28 Dec. 2022 Musk and his team could have adhered to basic tenets of communications, human relations, and common decency while executing a swift but orderly reorganization of the company. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 Thalia Wheatley, a professor of human relations and principal investigator of the Dartmouth Social Sciences Lab, says that the discovery comes on the heels of a shift in investigative methods in the social sciences. Gabe Allen, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2022 Observational team members would have skills in finance, auditing and human relations, Royayne said Wednesday during an interview with cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. Julie Washington, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2022 To learn about other resources available to individuals who have experienced incarceration, contact Natasha Jackson, manager of human relations and mediation at njjackson@harfordcountymd.gov. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 30 Sep. 2022 Men don’t observe each passing cloud over human relations as if their whole future depended on it. Hillel Italie, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 That depth — simultaneously exploring film form and cultural, social illusions about human relations — is why Godard has re-revolutionized film around the world every year since Breathless was first released. Armond White, National Review, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Human relations.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20relations. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

human relations

noun, plural in form but usually singular in construction
1
: the social and interpersonal relations between human beings
2
: a course, study, or program designed to develop better interpersonal and intergroup adjustments

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