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 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, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 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, "'Murder Hornets' are in the United States. These other dangerous bugs are more common," 4 May 2020 But sometimes the leap is from a nonhuman critter into a human. David Quammen, Popular Science, "Where will the next pandemic come from?," 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, "An Animal’s-Eye View of Mass Extinction in Progress," 7 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of nonhuman

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonhuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonhuman

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

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