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

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Recent Examples on the Web For the vast majority of our species’ history, those were the two principal categories of human relations: kin and gods. Chris Hayes, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 The team’s evaluation process included a questionnaire and deliberation by outside counsel, the Nationals’ general counsel, Betsy Philpott, and members of their human relations department., 17 Sep. 2021 The patterns of human relations never cease to interest him. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 The discussion took place at one of the commission’s first special meetings since it was created by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors last year to advise county officials on positive human relations and respect. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2021 The group recently began working more closely with city officials and merged with the city's human relations commission, which handles discrimination claims within city limits. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 Howard said his wife, who works as a human relations manager for Target, learned about the advancement opportunity about three weeks ago and recently was offered the position. Alicia Fabbre,, 9 June 2021 Poulain trained his newfound innocence on human relations. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 Harry Jones, a Ford retiree from West Bloomfield who worked in human relations for global markets, has seen Prophit turn his passion for sailing into recruitment of young people and adults in Detroit. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of human relations

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Human relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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human relations

noun, plural in form 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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