human relations


plural in form but usually singular in construction
: a study of human problems arising from organizational and interpersonal relations (as in industry)
: 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 The resolution aimed to promote the city as a safe space for free speech, work with local schools to promote safety for students, enlist human relations organizations to initiate community meetings to bridge differences and facilitate humanitarian relief once a cease-fire is in place. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Such a powerful move must be followed up with proactive improvements in the vetting and selection process for the San Diego County Human Relations Commission so that the commission can live up to its obligation to promote positive human relations. Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Moral and laws are not created out of the rub and wear of men and societies but are things innate, uncreated, immutable, absolute and simple; and human relations arise out of them. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 6 Feb. 2024 The San Diego Community College District, which has been grappling with leadership issues and years of sagging enrollment, has chosen a human relations expert to be its new chancellor. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2023 But Lanthimos, who favors a dryly clinical view of human relations, isn’t (only) interested in art-house titillation. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Lehrer bounced back quickly, working with community activist Joe Hicks to form Community Advocates, a nonprofit focused on race and human relations. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 Agramonte holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from California State East Bay. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Oct. 2023 The painstaking attention to how the smallest units of language can be used or misused scales up to momentous questions about errors or missteps in human relations. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of human relations was in 1946

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“Human relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

human relations

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

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