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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Wu, who is now at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, has since explored how human stem cells interact in a lab dish with stem cells from nonhuman primates, rats, mice, sheep, and cows. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Embryo experiments take ‘baby steps’ toward growing human organs in livestock," 26 June 2019 Ebola virus, formally called Zaire ebolavirus, is a rare virus that infects humans and nonhuman animals such as pigs and other primates. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What is the Ebola virus, and can it be stopped?," 9 Apr. 2019 Stanisław Lem couldn’t have imagined the strangeness of an encounter with a nonhuman intelligence, in his novel Solaris, without recourse to ideas. Caleb Crain, The New York Review of Books, "Idea Man," 17 June 2019 But whether done by activist judges or revisionist political scientists, twisting a useful metaphor into constitutional rights for nonhuman tools such as corporations threatens democracy and free enterprise alike. WSJ, "Law, Dartmouth and Corporate Personhood," 10 Feb. 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 This Chain, it is suggested, justified mistreatment of non-European humans and nonhuman life forms. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment’ Review: History Through an Ideological Filter," 13 Feb. 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 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

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First Known Use of nonhuman

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonhuman

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

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