Definition of mankind 

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd, -​ˌkīnd \ : the human race : the totality of human beings

2 \ -​ˌkīnd \ : men especially as distinguished from women

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That is a universal human truth, a lament that has been well-documented throughout mankind's time on this planet. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Build a One-Skillet Meal Like It's Your Job," 14 May 2018 Other than fire, renewables were mankind’s only energy sources for eons. George Melloan, WSJ, "Pruitt Leaves a Proud Legacy at the EPA," 11 July 2018 Dolores wants to destroy humanity, but Bernard still exhibits empathy despite growing reservations about mankind’s ability to evolve. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' stars Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright break down that puzzling finale," 24 June 2018 The finest dispute-resolution mechanism mankind has concocted. The Economist, "CharlemagneThe European Union’s budget may soon be weaponised," 18 Jan. 2018 For three frenzied days and nights, some of the best improvisers known to mankind descend upon the city and turn it into a riotous cesspool of comedic talent. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "6 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 May the light shine from the torch of the Goddess of Liberty to inspire our citizens to good and noble deeds for the benefit of mankind. Thomas Graham,, "Walking these seven hills of San Francisco a peak experience," 28 June 2018 Unlike the marauding and potentially deadly grizzly, birds have been more subtle in their effects on mankind, yet their impact on our immediate lives has been far greater in the long run. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The answer lies in the composition of one of mankind’s most prolific materials: concrete. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "How a 20-minute fire in the fatal I-84 crash ruined a concrete overpass," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mankind

: all people thought of as one group



Kids Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd \ : human beings

2 \ -​ˌkīnd \ : men as distinguished from women

man·​kind | \ˈman-ˈkīnd, -ˌkīnd \

Medical Definition of mankind 

: the human race : the totality of human beings

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