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.
men, as distinguished from women.

Origin of mankind

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at man1, kind2

OTHER WORDS FROM mankind

pre·man·kind, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mankind

humankind mankind womankind

usage note for mankind

See -man.
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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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