- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people: human frailty.
- consisting of people: the human race.
- of or relating to the social aspect of people: human affairs.
- sympathetic; humane: a warmly human understanding.
- a human being.
Origin of human
Examples from the Web for human
The editors, writers, and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were human beings with families, friends, and loved ones.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Our animators are very excited to be drawing the innards of a human being.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Note: UNICOR uses its inmates for everything from call center operators to human demolishers of old computers.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
Human evolution has left men as deeply wired for emotional connections to children as women are.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But then, I always was a terrible poor judge of human nature.
Even the village was too human, too modern, for his early-pagan mood.
We do not know how or why or when the human race began its career upon this Earth.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It will not be sufficient that the rash counsels of human passion are rejected.
- of, characterizing, or relating to man and mankindhuman nature
- consisting of peoplethe human race; a human chain
- having the attributes of man as opposed to animals, divine beings, or machineshuman failings
- kind or considerate
- a human being; person
Word Origin and History for human
mid-15c., humain, humaigne, from Old French humain, umain (adj.) "of or belonging to man" (12c.), from Latin humanus "of man, human," also "humane, philanthropic, kind, gentle, polite; learned, refined, civilized," probably related to homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus) and to humus "earth," on notion of "earthly beings," as opposed to the gods (cf. Hebrew adam "man," from adamah "ground"). Cognate with Old Lithuanian zmuo (accusative zmuni) "man, male person."
As a noun, from 1530s. Its Old English cognate guma (from Proto-Germanic *guman-) survives only in disguise in bridegroom. Related: Humanness. Human rights attested by 1680s; human being by 1690s. Human relations is from 1916; human resources attested by 1907, American English, apparently originally among social Christians and drawn from natural resources.
- A member of the species Homo sapiens; a human being.
- A member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Homo erectus or Homo habilis, that are considered ancestral or closely related to modern humans.