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human

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adjective hu·man \ ˈhyü-mən , ˈyü- \

Definition of human

1 :of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see 2human)
  • the human brain
  • human voices
  • problems that have occurred throughout human history
2 :consisting of humans
  • everyone held hands and made a human chain
3 a :having human form or attributes
  • the statue is more human than the beings at his feet
  • —Clifton Fadiman
b :representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature
  • human kindness
  • a human weakness
  • such an inconsistency is very human
  • —P. E. More

humanness

play \ˈhyü-mən-nəs, ˈyü-\ noun

Examples of human in a Sentence

  1. problems that have occurred throughout human history

  2. She is a very kind and human person.

  3. The dog's expression was almost human.

  4. The assembly line was a human machine.

  5. Everyone held hands and formed a human chain.

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Origin and Etymology of human

Middle English humain, from Anglo-French, from Latin humanus; akin to Latin homo human being — more at homage

Other Anthropology Terms


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human

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Definition of human

:a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) :a person :man 1c usually plural
  • a disease that affects both humans and animals
  • incomprehensible to us humans
  • —William James
; broadly :hominid
  • the least developed of all ancestral humans
  • —A. L. Kroeber

humanlike

play \ˈhyü-mən-ˌlīk, ˈyü-\ adjective

Examples of human in a Sentence

  1. humans are the only mammals not endowed with a natural defense against the elements, such as fur or a thick hide

Recent Examples of human from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of human

see 1human

Other Anthropology Terms


HUMAN Defined for English Language Learners

human

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adjective

Definition of human for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or affecting people

  • : typical of people

  • : having good or bad qualities that people usually have


human

noun

Definition of human for English Language Learners

  • : a person


HUMAN Defined for Kids

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human

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adjective hu·man \ ˈhyü-mən , ˈyü- \

Definition of human for Students

1 :of, being, or characteristic of people as distinct from animals
  • the human body
2 :having the form or characteristics of people
  • The expression on the dog's face was almost human.

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human

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Definition of human for Students

humanlike

\ˈhyü-mən-ˌlīk, ˈyü-\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

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human

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adjective hu·man \ ˈhyü-mən , ˈyü- \

medical Definition of human

1 a :of, relating to, or characteristic of humans
  • the human body
  • human biochemistry
b :primarily or usually harbored by, affecting, or attacking humans
  • human diseases
  • human parasites
2 :being or consisting of humans
  • the human race
3 :consisting of members of the family Hominidae :hominid

humanness

play \-mən-nəs\ noun

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human

noun

medical Definition of human

:a bipedal primate mammal of the genus Homo (H. sapiens) :man; broadly :hominid

humanlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


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