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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Recent Examples on the Web Richard is a nephew of physician and family patriarch Arthur Sackler, who in family lore was dedicated to the betterment of humankind but who, in Keefe’s account, comes off rather less charitably. Washington Post, "For the Sackler family, a dynasty built on medicine, marketing and pain," 8 Apr. 2021 The idea, the effort's leaders say, is to focus on mindful speech for the betterment of humankind, and to respect each other's differences. Julie Kendrick, Star Tribune, "Hold the snark: The Clean Speech movement has arrived in Minnesota for the entire month of April," 2 Apr. 2021 Here was a company that started out as a tiny desk-rental spot and quickly became one of the most valuable startups in the history of humankind before its sudden collapse. Fortune, "Director of a scathing new documentary on WeWork’s rise and spectacular fall tells all," 15 Mar. 2021 As Viktor Frankl notably espoused, humankind’s primary intrinsic motivation is the search for meaning. Angela Ahrendts, Fortune, "How the best leaders help companies build deeper connection in a work-from-home world," 2 Apr. 2021 Meir says the program is about humankind’s inherent desire for exploration and all the unanticipated benefits from it that will help push science forward. ABC News, "NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Jessica Meir talk about 2024 voyage to the moon," 30 Mar. 2021 Defending Your Life understands the fallibility of humankind and judges, but ultimately doesn’t fault, us for it. Rachel Simon, Vulture, "30 Years Later, Defending Your Life Is Still the Best Movie About the Afterlife," 24 Mar. 2021 Could Michael represent the next stage in humankind’s development? Washington Post, "Muriel Jaeger, a trailblazing science fiction author, deserves a new look," 24 Mar. 2021 In their book Wonders and the Order of Nature, the historians of science Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park document humankind’s enchantment with wonders and oddities. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, "Of Miracles and Multiverses," 22 Mar. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Humankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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