human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü- \

Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see human entry 2) the human brain human voices problems that have occurred throughout human history
2 : consisting of or involving humans everyone held hands and made a human chain human interactions human spaceflight
3a : having human form or attributes the statue is more human than the beings at his feet— Clifton Fadiman
b : representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature human kindness a human weakness such an inconsistency is very human— P. E. More

human

noun

Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) : a person : man sense 1c usually plural a disease that affects both humans and animalsincomprehensible to us humans— William James broadly : hominid the least developed of all ancestral humans — A. L. Kroeber

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Other Words from human

Adjective

humanness \ ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for human

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of human in a Sentence

Adjective problems that have occurred throughout human history She is a very kind and human person. The dog's expression was almost human. The assembly line was a human machine. Everyone held hands and formed a human chain. Noun humans are the only mammals not endowed with a natural defense against the elements, such as fur or a thick hide
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are human beings behind it and what their content means to them. Dan Lybarger, Arkansas Online, "Coppola on challenges of making 'Mainstream'," 14 May 2021 Today, these four children, Jean, Margaretta, Carolyn, and Andrew, are loving, kind, and successful human beings because of our father and mother’s time and dedication to family. Jonathon Berlin, orlandosentinel.com, "American Airlines Flight 191: Faces of the victims," 14 May 2021 Today, these four children, Jean, Margaretta, Carolyn, and Andrew, are loving, kind, and successful human beings because of our father and mother’s time and dedication to family. Jonathon Berlin, chicagotribune.com, "American Airlines Flight 191: Faces of the victims," 14 May 2021 Today, these four children, Jean, Margaretta, Carolyn, and Andrew, are loving, kind, and successful human beings because of our father and mother’s time and dedication to family. Jonathon Berlin, baltimoresun.com, "American Airlines Flight 191: Faces of the victims," 14 May 2021 But a world of seven billion connected, autonomous human beings participating in an equal exchange. Amir Husain, Forbes, "The Tyranny Of Structure," 13 May 2021 It’s about how these people have to actualize themselves and become real human beings. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, "Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome Can Make Music About Anal Sex and Tomatoes," 13 May 2021 None of these things are hard because these actors are just wonderful human beings. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Walker star Molly Hagan previews Hoyt's homecoming," 13 May 2021 Prevention, Bossert said, involves remembering human beings are behind the attacks. Luke Barr, ABC News, "Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack highlights US vulnerability: Experts," 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the mind of a human preoccupied with such things as mortality and the irrevocable passage of time, any serious contemplation of the world of mushrooms edges toward nightmare. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Mushroom as Muse," 4 May 2021 In November 2019, Peterson performed the first procedure on a human, a man in his 40s. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Can removing abdominal fat reverse Type 2 diabetes? San Antonio researchers are testing a new surgery to find out.," 30 Apr. 2021 The same might be said of Hoare’s subjects, animal and human alike. Washington Post, "Philip Hoare’s examination of Albrecht Dürer takes readers on an entertaining, digressive ride," 30 Apr. 2021 Preserving perishable human and animal samples at remote field sites has been a critical obstacle, and the vessel would bring the lab to the biological materials, rather than the other way around. Daniel Grossman, Science | AAAS, "Scientists scour the Amazon for pathogens that could spark the next pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 Cats may urinate not just outside the litter box, but on their person's clothes or bedding — an attempt to soothe themselves by mingling their own scent with that of their favorite human. Kim Campbell Thornton, Star Tribune, "Getting ready to leave home? Prep Fido first," 23 Apr. 2021 Forensic scientists currently use destructive biochemical tests for differentiating human and animal blood—and these tests sometimes return incorrect results. Harini Barath, Scientific American, "New Blood Analyzer Tells Human from Animal Samples on the Spot," 23 Apr. 2021 For a normal human (without a wingsuit) in a standard spread-eagle position, the terminal velocity is around 120 miles per hour (about 54 meters per second). Rhett Allain, Wired, "Could Bad Guys Actually Escape Falcon in a Wingsuit for Two?," 20 Apr. 2021 What all these apps have in common is that a human - who is not a Data Scientist - is collaborating with an Artificial Intelligence to solve a problem. Nisha Talagala, Forbes, "Move Over Artificial Intelligence, There Is A New AI In Town," 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of human

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for human

Adjective and Noun

Middle English humain, from Anglo-French, from Latin humanus; akin to Latin homo human being — more at homage

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The first known use of human was in the 15th century

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18 May 2021

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“Human.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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human

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affecting people
: typical of people
: having good or bad qualities that people usually have

human

noun

English Language Learners Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person

human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü- \

Kids Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, being, or characteristic of people as distinct from animals the human body
2 : having the form or characteristics of people The expression on the dog's face was almost human.

human

noun

Kids Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from human

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü- How to pronounce human (audio) \

Medical Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans the human body human biochemistry
b : primarily or usually harbored by, affecting, or attacking humans human diseases human parasites
2 : being or consisting of humans the human race
3 : consisting of members of the family Hominidae : hominid

Other Words from human

humanness \ -​mən-​nəs How to pronounce human (audio) \ noun

human

noun

Medical Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bipedal primate mammal of the genus Homo (H. sapiens) : man broadly : hominid

Other Words from human

humanlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce human (audio) \ adjective

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