noun, singular or plural in construction
hu·​man·​kind | \ ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd How to pronounce humankind (audio) , ˈyü- \

Definition of humankind

: the human race : humanity

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Examples of humankind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the web continues to fracture, the loss to humankind will be profound. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Keep the internet open and free — worldwide," 29 Dec. 2019 At around 100 feet long and 100 tons in size, these marine giants are the largest creatures—dead or alive—known to humankind. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Whales Are the Biggest Animals to Ever Exist—Why Aren’t They Bigger?," 13 Dec. 2019 Scientific American spoke with Gorman about the emerging discipline of space archaeology, the cultural significance of orbital debris and how to preserve space artifacts as a heritage for all humankind. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Space Archaeologist Probes History in Orbit," 25 Sep. 2019 Nor was it religious insight, or a feeling of oneness with all humankind. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "I’ve seen plenty of beautiful artworks. But the Matisse Chapel overwhelmed me.," 8 Aug. 2019 Risking your life for medical, technological and scientific advancements all over the world is a selfless act based in love for all humankind. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "Apollo 11 stepping out in faith," 23 July 2019 Racers tell you to drive without emotion, but that's hard to do when the fate of all humankind rests on your lap time. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Raced a Self-Driving Audi To Defend Humanity's Honor," 17 Nov. 2015 This is a very important opportunity that decides the future of humankind. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Christiana Figueres on why women are vital to the climate fight," 8 Mar. 2020 The equality of humankind was simply not an expectation in his world. Annette Gordon-reed, Time, "Thomas Jefferson's Vision of Equality Was Not All-Inclusive. But It Was Transformative," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of humankind

1560, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humankind was in 1560

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27 Mar 2020

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“Humankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of humankind

: all people as a group


hu·​man·​kind | \ ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd How to pronounce humankind (audio) , ˈyü How to pronounce humankind (audio) \

Medical Definition of humankind

: the human race

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