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 Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2021 The very image of an apocalyptic wasteland and mankind’s attempt to set it right, however clumsily. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Ajak notes that immortals have been around for a while, helping guide mankind from afar. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Chris Pratt plays a schoolteacher recruited to fight in a war in 2051 — evidently mankind in the future is losing a war to deadly aliens. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2021 The Eternals are a race of immortals who protect earth against entities known as the Deviants, mankind's oldest enemies. Nick Romano,, 24 May 2021 Anything but a polemic, the film never says a word, but shows the increasingly catastrophic effects of mankind's assault on the environment on the vulnerable creatures in the ocean. Piers Marchant, Arkansas Online, 21 May 2021 Collins had reached the apex of mankind’s technological advances — the first manned mission to the moon — only to never touch the lunar surface. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2021 Rapidly declining insect populations triggering end of mankind? Julia Musto, Fox News, 7 May 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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14 Jun 2021

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“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 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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