- 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.
- a human being.
Origin of human
Examples from the Web for humanness
It is the scene that brings the humanness of the great tragedy most closely home to us.Diary of a Pilgrimage
Jerome K. Jerome
He was too wildly incomprehensible with his changes from humanness to folly.T. Tembarom
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Time must be devoted to knowing and experiencing our humanness.Nursing as Caring
There is certainly depth and mystery; but there is humanness and tenderness as well.Faces in the Fire
Frank W. Boreham
The rarest thing in the world, I find, is the quality of humanness.The Story of Mary MacLane
- 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
- kind or considerate
- a human being; person
Word Origin and History for humanness
mid-15c., humain, humaigne, from Old French humain, umain (adj.) "of or belonging to man" (12c.), from Latin humanus "of man, human," also "humane, philanthropic, kind, gentle, polite; learned, refined, civilized," probably related to homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus) and to humus "earth," on notion of "earthly beings," as opposed to the gods (cf. Hebrew adam "man," from adamah "ground"). Cognate with Old Lithuanian zmuo (accusative zmuni) "man, male person."
As a noun, from 1530s. Its Old English cognate guma (from Proto-Germanic *guman-) survives only in disguise in bridegroom. Related: Humanness. Human rights attested by 1680s; human being by 1690s. Human relations is from 1916; human resources attested by 1907, American English, apparently originally among social Christians and drawn from natural resources.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with humanness
see milk of human kindness.