humanly

adverb hu·man·ly \ ˈhyü-mən-lē , ˈyü- \

Definition of humanly

1 a :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
2 a :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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First Known Use of humanly

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HUMANLY Defined for English Language Learners

humanly

adverb

Definition of humanly for English Language Learners

  • : within the range of human ability


HUMANLY Defined for Kids

humanly

adverb hu·man·ly \ ˈhyü-mən-lē , ˈyü- \

Definition of humanly for Students

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

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