non·​hu·​man | \ ˌnän-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce nonhuman (audio) , -ˈyü- \

Definition of nonhuman

: not human: such as
a : being other than a human being a nonhuman primate/animal
b : not belonging to, appropriate to, or produced by human beings nonhuman noises nonhuman cells

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nonhuman noun
Discarding the doctrine of human dignity can mean lowering the moral status of humans or raising the moral status of nonhumans, and Mr. Rachels's emphasis is ultimately on the latter. — Robert Wright

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Recent Examples on the Web No other nonhuman primate lives at such northern latitudes. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 Some parrot species, in fact, can attain feats equal to those of nonhuman primates. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 Many complex nonhuman animal societies are concentrated in biological hotspots like the Serengeti. Ryan Huling, Wired, "Maps Are Biased Against Animals," 21 Jan. 2020 The creatures, which look like scaly anteaters, are the most trafficked nonhuman animals in the world. Marc Santora, New York Times, "The Broken Promise of a Panda: How Prague’s Relations With Beijing Soured," 23 Nov. 2019 Roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks that nonhuman intelligence is what AI developers should be investigating., "With a little practice she got it down to five minutes," 19 Oct. 2019 In the new study, as Science News reported, researchers located where H. erectus fossils had been found, and then dug up and dated nonhuman animal fossils from the site. Fox News, "Homo erectus’ last known appearance dates to about 117,000 years ago, study reveals," 19 Dec. 2019 Previous research from collaborators at the University of Chicago had created a model of how nonhuman primates’ brains reacted to touching a surface with their paws. Jeffrey Delviscio, Scientific American, "A Robot Hand Helps Amputees “Feel” Again," 24 July 2019 Billye reminds us that there is a vast array of nonhuman life that is worthy of emulation., "With a little practice she got it down to five minutes," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of nonhuman

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonhuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonhuman

: not a man, woman, or child : not a human being

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