mankind

[ man-kahynd for 1; man-kahynd for 2 ]
/ ˈmænˈkaɪnd for 1; ˈmænˌkaɪnd for 2 /

noun

the human race; human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind: It is no longer possible, if it ever was, for a single human brain to hold all of mankind's scientific knowledge.
men, as distinguished from women: Some still maintain that mankind is stronger, braver, smarter than womankind, but many others consider that absolute nonsense.

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Origin of mankind

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at man, kind2

usage note for mankind

See man

OTHER WORDS FROM mankind

premankind, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mankind

mankind
/ (ˌmænˈkaɪnd) /

noun

human beings collectively; humanity
men collectively, as opposed to womankind

usage for mankind

Nowadays many people object to the use of mankind to refer to all human beings and use the term humankind instead
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