[hyoo-muh n-lee or, often, yoo-]


in a human manner.
by human means.
within the limits of human knowledge and capability: Is it humanly possible to predict the future?
from or according to the viewpoint of humankind.

Origin of humanly

First recorded in 1605–15; human + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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by human powers or means
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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