hu·man·kind | \ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd, ˈyü-\

Definition of humankind 

: the human race : humanity

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folks, humanity, people, public, world

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The work symbolizes the Monarchs’ remarkable multi-generational trans-American journey and recalls the movements of humankind that preceded national boundaries – and our current border crisis. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 For humankind in general, these findings hint at an intriguing, if largely theoretical, prospect: that the maximum possible human lifespan — essentially, the species’ design limit — has not yet been reached. Melissa Healy,, "Can humans reach even older age? We haven't maxed out yet, some scientists say," 28 June 2018 In Eastern countries, however, it's believed that someone's intellectual idea belongs to humankind, not one person, because it's believed no one lives in a vacuum. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "As tariffs begin, Northwest Indiana auto workers and farmers share concerns," 10 July 2018 The man — along with his wife (Caplan), children and friend (Cotler) — attempts to escape the brutal invaders and prevent the extinction of humankind. Jillian Forstadt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael Pena Fights Aliens in Trailer for Netflix's 'Extinction'," 11 July 2018 That was unacceptable to everyone involved, especially to those who believed, rightly, that these chimpanzees, who had endured years in labs for the betterment of humankind, were owed a tremendous debt. Rick Kogan,, "Lincoln Park Zoo partners with Chimp Haven — a place where chimps can get out of their lab cages and live free," 21 June 2018 But in the end, the genius of humankind has combined fats and carbohydrates to produce such crowning culinary glories as the doughnut, fettuccine Alfredo, nachos and chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Melissa Healy,, "Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption," 18 June 2018 If Ford has his way, the project that da Vinci set in motion centuries ago is now on a course to destroy all of humankind. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 7: Decoding Da Vinci," 4 June 2018 To me, that is the moment in history when the penny dropped in humankind, where the animal became a more modern entity. Graham Ambrose,, "The star of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ discusses the iconic film 50 years later," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of humankind

1560, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of humankind

: all people as a group


hu·man·kind | \ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd, ˈyü \

Medical Definition of humankind 

: the human race

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