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 To paraphrase: As much as humanly possible (and some advisors require it), work with both partners present. Identify the financial spouse. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Had James Harden not played only 36 games with Brooklyn, after doing everything humanly possible to get out of Houston in December and January, the All-NBA guards would have been easy to choose. Shane Young, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Everything must be maximally effective and as lightweight as is humanly possible. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 May 2021 Yet there is nothing humanly unconvincing about Albertine as an invented woman, or about the ring of girls on the beach as girls. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Jennifer tries to attend as many of their games as humanly possible. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2021 Instead, the tumult of the past year has sent me headlong toward true stories of survival and disaster, tales of those who pushed beyond their limits and butted against the edge of what’s humanly possible — or gone over it. New York Times, 4 May 2021 To get your groceries much faster than humanly possible. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 This is a story for dreamers, for schemers, for those who dare push themselves to the outer limits of what is humanly possible, out where mere mortals don’t tread, all the while eating a donut. Dave Hyde,, 24 Apr. 2021

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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