hu·​man·​kind | \ˈhyü-mən-ˌkīnd, ˈyü-\

Definition of humankind 

: the human race : humanity

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folks, humanity, people, public, species, world

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Collective answer from humankind: all of us, every year—especially last year, when he was passed over in favor of . . Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Idris Elba Is (Finally) People’s Sexiest Man Alive," 6 Nov. 2018 Hell lost some of its purchase on humankind in the 19th century, when new scientific theories such as Darwinism eroded the authority of the Bible and the tides of sentiment turned against God’s wrath in favor of His mercy. Scott G. Bruce, WSJ, "Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?," 13 Sep. 2018 In its early scenes, the movie seems to want — in the manner of the similarly soul-draining Bright — to use different species (elves, orcs, fairies, puppets) and their relationships with humankind to say something about race and policing. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Happytime Murders turns raunchy puppet comedy into inexplicably boring dreck," 23 Aug. 2018 Before then, raising offspring was done by multi-member groups, rather than a monogamous heterosexual pair—and that is what led to the endurance of humankind. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 The doughnut—which, to me, stands alongside the lightbulb and the remote control as one of humankind’s greatest advances—faces an even fiercer siege. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Now, There’s a Hole in Dunkin’ Donuts," 28 Sep. 2018 That's a different line that appreciates humankind's achievable feats. Houston Chronicle, "On Paul Simon, sad songs and being soft in the middle," 2 June 2018 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

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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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living or existing for a long time

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