noun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) , -​ˌkīnd \ : the human race : the totality of human beings
2 \ ˈman-​ˌkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) \ : men especially as distinguished from women

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Examples of mankind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no denying that mankind has dramatically altered Earth’s climate. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Your next refrigerator or AC will be a lot different because of new laws," 4 May 2021 Art is moments, details, signs of how mankind can be. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "For Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, there is immortality in art," 3 May 2021 This was fine when mankind consisted of a few nomads roaming the planet. John M. Crisp, Star Tribune, "Is the climate change battle lost?," 4 Apr. 2021 How, exactly, are the marketing minds behind Sputnik giving mankind hope? Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Russia has an unlikely new social media star: Its Sputnik COVID vaccine," 24 Mar. 2021 Why all this discussion about gearheads and their tinkering on the venerable contraptions and devices of mankind? Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Barring Those Gearhead Enthusiasts From Tinkering With Self-Driving Cars," 10 Apr. 2021 The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Hokey-Pokey Hegemon," 14 Mar. 2021 The first is about the inability of the races of mankind to get along with one another, while the other describes how people from different backgrounds can, in fact, unite and find their common humanity. Will Friedwald, WSJ, "‘This Bitter Earth’ by Veronica Swift Review: Dysfunction, Danger and Dependency," 16 Mar. 2021 Oh, what a terrible shame—you’re in the dark about one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Imbolo Mbue, The New Yorker, "The Case for and Against Love Potions," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mankind was in the 13th century

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9 May 2021

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“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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


noun singular but singular or plural in construction
man·​kind | \ ˈman-ˈkīnd, -ˌkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) \

Medical Definition of mankind

: the human race : the totality of human beings

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