hu·​man·​ly | \ ˈhyü-mən-lē How to pronounce humanly (audio) , ˈyü-\

Definition of humanly

1a : with regard to human needs and emotions provide humanly for those who are not needed in the economy— E. F. Bacon
b : with regard to or in keeping with human proneness to error or weakness humanly inaccurate
2a : from a human viewpoint humanly speaking, the process works … like this— Elizabeth Janeway
b : within the range of human capacity did everything humanly possible
c : by humans humanly made

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Imagine having an uncut loaf of bread and needing a slice of toast as soon as humanly possible. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Here Is a Knife That Toasts Bread While It Cuts," 4 June 2015 To cop her look for yourself, try pairing a pink lip with a pop of color on your eyes, and accessorize with as much pink as humanly possible. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "NCLA Launched a Collection of Barbie-Inspired Beauty Products," 16 Nov. 2018 For our adult patients, having a half-hour massage and then an adjustment is just hands down one of the best ways to keep their bodies working as well as humanly possible. Daina Saleh, Naperville Sun, "Down to Business: View of chiropractic treatment changing as people take control of their own medical decisions," 6 July 2018 And justice was served as best as humanly possible. azcentral, "Don Bolles murder reverberates 42 years later in a changed world," 1 June 2018 First, gather as many friends as humanly possible, as a bigger party equals more fun. New York Times, "Fun Things to Do This Weekend: Pride, Summer Solstice and Sensory Overload in Brighton Beach," 21 June 2018 Want to minimize stress as much as humanly possible? Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Get away. No need to be a prisoner to your special-needs pet," 21 June 2018 Cult-loved is cool, but even cooler these days is getting your designs in front of as many eyeballs as humanly possible—and there’s no bigger platform than the Golden Arches. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Even McDonald’s Is Making Merch Now," 30 May 2018 Take it out and, one small handful at a time, squeeze out as much liquid as humanly possible from that spinach. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "A $50 (Kinda) Brunch You Can Make Even When You’re Extremely Hungover," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of humanly

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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English Language Learners Definition of humanly

: within the range of human ability


hu·​man·​ly | \ ˈhyü-mən-lē How to pronounce humanly (audio) , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humanly

: within the range of human ability The task is not humanly possible.

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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