nonhuman

adjective
non·​hu·​man | \ ˌnän-ˈhyü-mən, -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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For instance, every kind of domesticated nonhuman mammal includes some adults with floppy ears, which are very rare in adult wild animals. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 People appreciate that nonhuman animals deserve our moral consideration too. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 People appreciate that nonhuman animals deserve our moral consideration too. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 People appreciate that nonhuman animals deserve our moral consideration too. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 People appreciate that nonhuman animals deserve our moral consideration too. Sean Illing, Vox, "How to do good better," 14 Dec. 2018 In doing so, the monkeys became the first of their genus and the fourth of all nonhuman primates to enter the Stone Age, so to speak. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?," 13 July 2018 Ethograms, a kind of specialized inventory, are traditionally intended for observing nonhuman primate groups in the field of ethology, the study of an evolution of a species. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 In a conversation for this series, Cutter Wood, the author of Love and Death in the Sunshine State, discussed the influence Pryor’s stand-up has had on his writing—especially in his uncanny ability to portray nonhuman characters. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "What Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up Can Teach Writers," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonhuman

1839, in the meaning defined above

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