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[hyoo-muh n-lee or, often, yoo-]
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  1. in a human manner.
  2. by human means.
  3. within the limits of human knowledge and capability: Is it humanly possible to predict the future?
  4. from or according to the viewpoint of humankind.
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Origin of humanly

First recorded in 1605–15; human + -ly
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  1. by human powers or means
  2. in a human or humane manner
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Word Origin and History for humanly


c.1500, from human + -ly (2).

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