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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The key thing about that squad is the sheer work rate put in by every single player to make the system as fluid as possible, with ever player given one specific task: to make life as difficult as humanly possible for the opposition., "Jupp Heynckes: The Legendary Manager Who Masterminded 'the Greatest Bayern Side Ever'," 4 July 2019 In a time when companies like Amazon have spoiled the US consumer into wanting their online orders as soon as humanly possible, long shipping times and a lack of available inventory can see consumers losing interest before a sale is made. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "The NBA and NHL finals were historic for their sports, and e-commerce," 14 June 2019 Everyone knows that the 4th of July goes hand-in-hand with fireworks shows, outdoor parades, and showing off as much American pride as humanly possible. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Is Target Open on the 4th of July? These Are the Chain's Holiday Hours," 4 June 2019 She was made to look as much like her pre-pregnancy self as humanly possible. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Amy Schumer’s Post-Pregnancy Realness Is a Necessary Gift," 13 May 2019 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

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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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