[ hyoo-muhn or, often, yoo‐ ]
/ ˈhyu mən or, often, ˈyu‐ /
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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.
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Origin of human

1350–1400; earlier humain(e), humayn(e),Middle English <Middle French humain<Latin hūmānus, akin to homō human being (cf. Homo); spelling human predominant from early 18th cent.

synonym study for human

1. Human, humane may refer to that which is, or should be, characteristic of human beings. In thus describing characteristics, human may refer to good and bad traits of a person alike ( human kindness; human weakness ). When emphasis is placed upon the latter, human is thought of as contrasted to divine: To err is human, to forgive divine. He was only human. Humane (the original spelling of human, and since 1700 restricted in meaning) takes into account only the nobler or gentler aspects of people and is often contrasted to their more ignoble or brutish aspect. A humane person is benevolent in treating fellow humans or helpless animals; the word once had also connotations of courtesy and refinement (hence, the application of humane to those branches of learning intended to refine the mind).

how to pronounce human

Pronunciations of words like human, huge, etc., with the initial [h] /h/ deleted: [yoo-muhn], /ˈyu mən/, [yooj], /yudʒ/, while sometimes criticized, are heard from speakers at all social and educational levels, including professors, lawyers, and other public speakers.



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How to use human in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for human

/ (ˈhjuːmən) /

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
  1. kind or considerate
  2. natural
a human being; person

Other words from human

Related prefix: anthropo-

Derived forms of human

human-like, adjectivehumanness, noun

Word Origin for human

C14: from Latin hūmānus; related to Latin homō man
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Scientific definitions for human

[ hyōōmən ]

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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with human


see milk of human kindness.

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