subhuman

[ suhb-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo- ]
/ sʌbˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu- /

adjective

less than or not quite human.
almost human: In some respects, the porpoise is subhuman.

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Origin of subhuman

First recorded in 1785–95; sub- + human
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British Dictionary definitions for subhuman

subhuman
/ (sʌbˈhjuːmən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or designating animals that are below man (Homo sapiens) in evolutionary development
less than human
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