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

Examples of humanly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The contest, like always, will be a 10-minute sprint where competitors will eat as many hot dogs as humanly possible. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Nathan's famous 4th of July hot dog eating contest will go on with a few changes due to the coronavirus pandemic," 16 June 2020 If style is important to you, this vintage look bike helmet will keep you safe and looking as chic as humanly possible in a bike helmet. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to know before you start biking again," 25 June 2020 People are dying right now, and this president is doing everything humanly possible to work with anybody that will work with him. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Graham: 'Effort to destroy Trump' is 'pissing a lot of people off'," 14 Apr. 2020 There’s no chance humanly possible that Tiger is just going to lose this tournament. Los Angeles Times, "Book excerpt: Sunday is when Tiger Woods made golf history, but Saturday is when he won the 2019 Masters," 10 Apr. 2020 But, NBC News, ABC News and CBS News — not to mention cable networks MSNBC, Fox News and CNN — have all faced the same challenge: trying to keep the ships running with as few people as humanly possible at their New York headquarters. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Broadcast News May Be More Low-Tech Now, but It's Staying on the Story," 27 Mar. 2020 My administration – and all the services of state government – are going to be as flexible as humanly possible to help make your government work for you during the coming days and weeks. Mike Cason |, al, "Gov. Kay Ivey closes all Alabama beaches both public and private because of coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 As much as humanly possible, please refrain from congregating with large groups of people. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Don't be a jerk during the coronavirus pandemic: Stop hoarding and keep your distance," 17 Mar. 2020 The Bucks are on a 71-win pace, with Antetokounmpo piling up ridiculous numbers that shouldn’t be humanly possible in just 30.9 minutes a game. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Unbothered," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of humanly

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Humanly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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