Definition of human relations

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

Examples of human relations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Renewal is another of Ms. Glück’s motifs, offering hope amid the sometimes bewildering and wounding tangle of human relations. James Hookway, WSJ, "American Poet Louise Glück Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature," 8 Oct. 2020 For most of human history, slavery was simply assumed in most cultures to be a natural part of human relations. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Patriotic History Is Comparative History," 22 Sep. 2020 Cincinnati’s image nationally has never been great, when the subject is human relations. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Forgiveness and context require rage about Thom Brennaman is put aside," 20 Aug. 2020 Harris is president of the People’s Alliance for Justice, a national civil rights activist and a San Diego County human relations commissioner. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office needs a police misconduct unit," 11 Aug. 2020 For eight years until February, Feldman sat on the Human Relations Commission, which advises the Phoenix City Council on human relations issues and helps implement policies against discrimination. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "The Real Karens: They're ready to talk to the manager, and use their powers for good," 10 July 2020 In addition to helping individuals find work places that are hiring, the center offers human relations resources like coaching and support to help job seekers get hired. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "‘Mattress Mack,’ Fort Bend County community leaders launch initiative to address unemployment," 11 June 2020 According to his bio page on Oklahoma’s website, Gallimore is pursuing a master’s degree in human relations. Dallas News, "10 things to know about new Cowboys DT Neville Gallimore: From his Canadian heritage to his shoutout from Joe Montana," 29 Apr. 2020 The young members of the Georgian dance group all smoke like chimneys, and their world, and the world around them, has seriously retrograde ideas about human relations. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘And Then We Danced’ Review: Caught Between Desire and Tradition," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of human relations

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 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for human relations

human relations

noun plural but usually singular in construction

Medical Definition of human relations

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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