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

Other Words from nonhuman

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

Examples of nonhuman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New conservation practices are causing old conceptual lines to blur, and as human and nonhuman lives become more entangled, conservation purists are being forced to give ground. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2020 Yet among nonhuman animals, the creatures that cause more American deaths than any other are bees and wasps. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 4 May 2020 But sometimes the leap is from a nonhuman critter into a human. David Quammen, Popular Science, 15 Oct. 2012 Zelman would be the first to admit he’s an unlikely bard of the nonhuman world. Jordan G. Teicher, The New Republic, 7 Jan. 2020 No other nonhuman primate lives at such northern latitudes. National Geographic, 8 Feb. 2020 Some parrot species, in fact, can attain feats equal to those of nonhuman primates. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2020 Many complex nonhuman animal societies are concentrated in biological hotspots like the Serengeti. Ryan Huling, Wired, 21 Jan. 2020 The creatures, which look like scaly anteaters, are the most trafficked nonhuman animals in the world. Marc Santora, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of nonhuman

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonhuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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