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

Examples of mankind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The event miniseries begins at a time in the Continent when it was dominated by elves, untouched by the colonialism mankind will bring about someday in the future. Nick Romano,, 26 Sep. 2022 Still, Cronenberg isn’t too worried about making definitive statements on mankind’s devolution. David Sims, The Atlantic, 2 June 2022 But riveted mankind is hopelessly addicted to the irrational, with reliably disastrous results, planetwide. Alison Fishburn, Longreads, 17 Sep. 2022 The series’ juxtaposition of the supernatural and mundane is the perfect setting for a pack of underachieving vampires who’d rather stay home and bicker than subjugate mankind. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 While no single weather event is caused by mankind’s influence on the atmosphere, the weather facing the nation bears the fingerprint of a warming world. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2022 Even with Elon Musk’s frequent proclamations that mankind will soon visit Mars, as well as the creation of the Space Force under President Trump, there is little intellectual infrastructure to support large-scale space exploration. WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 The series largely skips the chaotic aftermath of its own pandemic, jumping two decades into the future to explore what mankind has done with its second chance. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 1 Aug. 2022 Even mankind is in an unprecedented golden age, and the opulent island of Númenor boasts great cities and harbors. Devan Coggan,, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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