Human Definition

A person.
Webster's New World
A member of the primate genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other apes by a large brain and the capacity for speech.
American Heritage Medicine
Of, belonging to, or typical of mankind (Homo sapiens)
The human race.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or characteristic of humans.
The course of human events; the human race.
American Heritage
Having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character regarded as distinguishing humans from other animals.
An act of human kindness.
American Heritage
Of or having to do with hominids in general.
Human fossils from the Pliocene.
Webster's New World
Consisting of or produced by people.
Human society.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage Science

A person. Humans are living, breathing entities capable of feeling and showing emotions, such as love, hate, compassion, and indifference. Some, but not all, humans are considerate and generous. Humans are fallible, although some deny that. Most, but not all, humans are forgiving of the faults of others. (I sincerely hope that you love this book passionately, forgive me for any errors you find in it, and generously give copies of it to all of your friends and acquaintances.) Humans are still necessary, although many of their functions have been automated by machines. See also automated attendant and machine.

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Other Word Forms of Human



Origin of Human

  • From Middle French humain, from Latin hūmānus (“of or belonging to a man, human, humane”), from homo (“man, human”). Spelling human has been predominant since the early 18th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English humain from Old French from Latin hūmānus dhghem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Displaced Old English guma (whence Modern English groom).

    From Wiktionary


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