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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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 Researchers have also been intrigued by evidence of friendship among nonhuman animals, and not just in obvious candidates like primates, dolphins and elephants. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.," 16 Apr. 2018 The Ebola virus disease, which most commonly affects people and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees, is caused by one of five Ebola viruses. Euan Mckirdy And Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "WHO raises Ebola health risk to 'very high' in DR Congo," 18 May 2018 Besides, people have an astonishing ability to feel empathy and love for inanimate objects and nonhuman entities. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Are We Ready for Robot Sex?," 13 May 2018 This suggests that our common ancestor with chimpanzees also had a fairly typical repertoire of vocal communication for a nonhuman primate. Michael Wilson, Smithsonian, "What Can Chimpanzee Calls Tell Us About the Origins of Human Language?," 10 May 2018 Many other animals, from insects to birds to nonhuman primates, have been known to self-medicate with plants and minerals for infections and other conditions. Doug Main, Scientific American, "Orangutans Use Plant Extracts to Treat Pain," 6 Apr. 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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