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human relations

noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of group behavior for the purpose of improving interpersonal relationships, as among employees.
Origin of human relations
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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  • Mutual respect is also a necessary quality in human relations.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • human relations can be characterized, in retrospect, by recurrences.

  • To the inner Gavan, the Gavan of human relations was a wraith-like figure.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The desire for change in all human relations is deeply rooted in human nature.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • human relations may intrude, and we get the story-picture and the problem-picture.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
  • Radiant energy is of very marked importance in human relations.

    Natural Philosophy Wilhelm Ostwald
  • Of all human relations, the most simple and permanent one is that of parent and child.

  • In fact, I have always been an odd one amid most of my human relations in life.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • That male and female should dwell together is the greatest of human relations.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard

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