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 Providing as much love and comfort as humanly possible. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2022 John Fisher — really at my urging — has done everything humanly possible to find a viable stadium plan in Oakland. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Her gestures and expressions are performed as though for a 1980s music video — everything writ as large as humanly possible. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 Speedrunning, the art of completing a video game as quickly as humanly possible, is a marvel to watch. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 His more recent documentaries have expanded beyond the world of climbing but still focus on pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible. Connor Goodwin, WSJ, 24 June 2022 Along with getting her arms and shoulders as swole as humanly possible, Portman’s Mighty Thor also stands 6 feet tall — nearly 10 inches larger than Portman’s actual height. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 22 June 2022 And to do that as long as humanly possible, to continue to explore these options to find alternatives that might avert crisis. CBS News, 16 Feb. 2022 Our team of gear experts at Reviewed have perused as many as humanly possible to find the very best savings the site has to offer. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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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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