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 Coral reefs offer a slew of benefits to humankind, Force Blue co-founder Jim Ritterhoff told Fox News Digital, including medicinal development and oxygen production. Fox News, 29 July 2022 The latter, an Apple TV+ dystopian drama where humankind has lost the sense of sight, will end with its upcoming third season, the streamer announced last month. Jessica Wang,, 25 July 2022 And, after 50 years, NASA is finally planning to put humankind on the Moon again. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 July 2022 The series grapples with big questions: Will an outside force wipe out humankind? The Editors, Town & Country, 16 July 2022 Being green is both an act of humility—an admission that humankind is a partnership sharing limited resources on our revolving sphere—and an awesome responsibility. Yec, Forbes, 1 July 2022 This humble creature simply has no interest in violence toward humankind. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 In an act of intellectual effrontery that recalls Karl Marx, Wengrow and Graeber use this insight to overthrow all existing dogma about humankind—to reimagine, in short, everything. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 11 July 2022 Unlike humankind, God always keeps his word and avoids lies at all costs. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 See More

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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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human leukocyte antigen

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Last Updated

5 Aug 2022

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“Humankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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