the quality or condition of being human or characteristic of humans: Loss of intellect, as when a person is severely brain-damaged, does not mean loss of humanness.It’s an essay on the humanness of language—how it serves as a hallmark distinguishing humankind from other animals.
human limitation, weakness, or imperfection: Employers need to embrace the humanness of their workforce, with all its flaws, frailty, and emotional vulnerability.In a fitness class, the sheer humanness of feeling awkward and sweating together relaxes relationships.
sympathetic, relatable, or humane quality: The memoir was refreshing in its honesty, vulnerability, and humanness.Greed can drive people beyond their humanness into great cruelty and inhumanity.
- un·hu·man·ness, noun
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How to use humanness in a sentence
Our health care system will fail and the cost in human life will be high.When states mandate masks, fewer people catch COVID-19 | | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
Daimler’s trucks division said in October it had invested in Luminar as part of a broader partnership to produce autonomous trucks capable of navigating highways without a human driver behind the wheel.Mobileye taps Luminar to supply lidar for its robotaxi fleet | Kirsten Korosec | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
With an estimated 1 million to 2 million people placed in camps, human rights groups have called the situation in Xinjiang a cultural genocide.Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China | Reed Albergotti | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
To be by the fire feels comforting, primal and human in a way little else does right now.This cocktail can keep you warm around the fire pit — and you can make it there, too | M. Carrie Allan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Fortunately, many essential human characteristics, including free will, do not reduce to individual genes.With CRISPR, humans can create their own evolutionary future | Adrian Woolfson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Through the tender humanness of her narrative Mrs. Mullins bids fair to gain a large audience for this intensely interesting work.A Girl's Student Days and After | Jeannette Marks
So long ago and longer I consciously owned an eerie quality which toppled over the edge of my humanness.I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
So Bella was fain to turn outward in search of nurturing matter whereon to feed her humanness.I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
But just let there be a smash-up or a stroke of bad luck and their shells crack and humanness just oozes out of them.Green Valley | Katharine Reynolds
Here was a human soul that, save for the most glimmering of contacts, was beyond the humanness of me.The Strength of the Strong | Jack London