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 humans everyone held hands and made a human chain
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 plurala 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 humanness (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce humanlike (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 Germany is a magical place where courtesy, lane discipline, paying attention, and adhering to rules give human beings the freedom to use their judgment and drive as fast as their cars will go. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 At the end of the day, elected officials are human beings. Sara Li, Teen Vogue, "Don't Stan Presidential Candidates the Way You Stan BTS," 15 Jan. 2020 The ultimate goal is to replicate functioning tissue and material, such as organs, which can then be transplanted into human beings. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, "3D printing of body parts is coming fast – but regulations are not ready," 10 Jan. 2020 By nature, Reno argues, human beings yearn to participate in groups. Samuel Goldman, National Review, "The Populist Wager," 9 Jan. 2020 In addition to human lives, the shutdowns saved approximately 570 million bushels of corn, wheat, and soybeans in nearby fields (that’s around two million dump trucks worth of grain and beans). Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "We save lives and crops every time a coal plant closes," 8 Jan. 2020 Elimination games can do funny things to normally calm and controlled human beings. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo is a playoff virgin: Does experience matter?," 6 Jan. 2020 Not great for things like productivity at work, socializing with friends, or being a generally comfortable, content, and OK human being. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "This Is What Happens in Your Body When You're Skipping Meals," 4 Jan. 2020 Fact: Chrissy Teigen is a delightfully weird human being. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shares Hilarious Video of Luna and Miles' "Fried Chicken Party Dance"," 29 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some experts have drawn parallels between the new coronavirus and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, another coronavirus that does not spread very easily among humans and is thought to be carried by camels. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Death toll from new viral respiratory illness rises to at least 17 in China," 22 Jan. 2020 But Kujawa and Liberman are working on studies that aim to tease results from both animals and humans. Popular Science, "Hidden hearing loss is hitting people of all ages. Neuroscientists are still debating why.," 21 Jan. 2020 The researchers tested the system on footage of nine subjects: eight living humans and one mannequin with a wig and makeup. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "A Drone’s-Eye View of the Quick and the Dead," 9 Jan. 2020 In these exhilarating, vertiginous landscapes, technology triumphs, and the individual human being has vanished. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Liu Wei uses dog chews to create anti-’Hall of Architecture’ at Cleveland Museum of Art," 5 Jan. 2020 Proteins tell ancient tales Ancient proteins will shed new light this year on the identity and behavior of humans and other animals that lived more than 1 million years ago. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The Hamirpur district the study noted, had 74 cases of leopards attacking humans and many more attacks on livestock. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "In a Himalayan Indian village, “leopards escort humans safely”," 24 Dec. 2019 She was remembered as an extraordinary human being, a devoted wife and a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Charline McCombs remembered," 17 Dec. 2019 Blanchard was reported missing on Oct. 23 after last being seen in Auburn, Ala. More than a month later, human remains were discovered in nearby Macon County and were later confirmed to be those of Blanchard. Farah Hannoun, MMA Junkie, "Walt Harris releases statement following tragic loss of his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard," 28 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Human.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humannesses. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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More Definitions for human

human

adjective
How to pronounce human (audio)

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 humanness (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 humanlike (audio) \ adjective

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