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subhuman

adjective sub·hu·man \ ˌsəb-ˈhyü-mən , -ˈyü- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of subhuman

: less than human: such as
a : failing to attain the level (as of morality or intelligence) associated with normal human beings
b : unsuitable to or unfit for human beings
  • subhuman living conditions
c : of or relating to a taxonomic group lower than that of humans
  • the subhuman primates

Examples of subhuman in a Sentence

  1. The prisoners suffered subhuman treatment.

  2. years of grinding poverty that had reduced them to a subhuman existence

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First Known Use of subhuman

1790


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subhuman

noun

Definition of subhuman

: a subhuman being

Recent Examples of subhuman from the Web

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First Known Use of subhuman

circa 1812


SUBHUMAN Defined for English Language Learners

subhuman

adjective

Definition of subhuman for English Language Learners

  • : not having or showing the level of kindness, intelligence, etc., that is expected of normal human beings

  • : not suitable for human beings


Medical Dictionary

subhuman

adjective sub·hu·man \ ˌsəb-ˈhyü-mən, ˈsəb-, -ˈyü- \

medical Definition of subhuman

: of or relating to a taxonomic group lower than that of humans
  • the subhuman primates

subhuman

noun


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