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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Bates spent 22 years working for the city beginning in 1981, first as assistant human relations director under Alvin Brooks, then as director from 1991 to 2003. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Michael D. Bates, KC human rights stalwart, dies at 70," 3 July 2018 Rob Manfred was Major League Baseball’s VP for labor and human relations. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Ed Soares takes unique path to build MMA's Legacy Fighting Alliance," 28 June 2018 The snicker-snack of addiction is inside consumerism, and inside the version of human relations that is determined by consumerism. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Wisdom of Russell Brand," 10 June 2018 Rud pointed to a human relations company that is a Bureau Gravity client. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Historic building in downtown Aurora back in business," 4 June 2018 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has called on the city's human relations commission to investigate. CBS News, "Starbucks arrests spark outrage: "None of the white customers were asked to leave"," 16 Apr. 2018 Ask your boss or human relations department if your company has any policies or programs to support caregivers. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to talk to your boss about caregiving," 25 Apr. 2018 Dewana Little, appointed by City Council to lead the formation of a human relations commission, said review could be done by committees that focus on equity issues and police relations. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "N.C. police want probe over video showing officer beating accused jaywalker," 5 Mar. 2018 The result is a war of races, and the annihilation of all proper human relations. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "The Mystery Behind Frederick Douglass's Birthday," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of human relations

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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