Meaning of HUMAN in English


I. ˈhyümən also ˈyü- adjective

( sometimes -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English humayne, humain, from Middle French humain, from Latin humanus, from hum- (akin to Latin homo man, human being) + -anus -an — more at homage


a. : of or relating to man : characteristic of man

human voices

vulnerability of the human body

b. : primarily or usually harbored by, affecting, or attacking man

human appendicitis

the common human flea


a. : being a man : consisting of men

contrived for the destruction of the human species — Tobias Smollett

the human race

some special quality in the human beings who have made this particular transition — A.J.Toynbee

b. : of or relating to the social life or collective relations of mankind

human progress

human history and evolution

in the course of human events — U.S. Declaration of Independence

3. : characteristic of or relating to man in his essential nature: as

a. : of, relating to, or resembling man or his attributes in distinction from the lower animals

to be human is to understand, to evaluate, to choose, to accept responsibility — Lewis Mumford

the gregarious impulses of human beings — J.B.Conant

b. : of or relating to man as distinguished from the superhuman, from the divine, or from nature : belonging to finite intelligence and powers

to err is human ; to forgive, divine — Alexander Pope

there are no absolutes and man must content himself with being human — H.E.Clurman

c. : susceptible to, representative of, or exemplifying the range of feelings, strengths, or weaknesses of which man is capable

a very human world, filled with joy and sorrow, innocence and evil

for all his stiff outward bearing, he is very human

the story of the ascent is a great human document

far too human a creature to care much for art — Max Beerbohm

d. : having to do with, portraying, or arising from the small or large joys, sorrows, passions, struggles, or other interest-provoking experiences or situations of individual persons

human comedy

full of the milk of human kindness — Shakespeare

those human -interest yarns — Erle Stanley Gardner

no business like book retailing for human interest — Allan McMahan

a careful history of the human side of the whole case — M.R.Cohen

nearly all these books contain the same human stories about the Queen — New York Times Book Review

4. : symbolized in a representation of the zodiac or in a configuration of the stars by a man (as Aquarius), woman (as Virgo), or child (as Gemini)

5. : humane

balance her sharp tongue and uncertain moods against her warmly human disposition — Havelock Ellis

6. : having some of the characteristics of a living person : like a human

the nearest of blood to me and the humanest was not a person nor a villager — H.D.Thoreau

the woods began to open up, and the country looked more human — Willa Cather

the statue is more human than the beings at his feet — Clifton Fadiman

the humbler aspects of our cities are more human than the skyscrapers — Walter Pach

7. : consisting of members of the family Hominidae : hominid

the several fossil human genera

8. : unpredictably fallible or erratic : not behaving by known law : enigmatic

must always consider the human element

Americans like other human beings are bewilderingly human — Max Lerner

such an inconsistency is very human — P.E.More

II. noun

( -s )

: a human being

sprung of humans that inhabit earth — George Chapman

incomprehensible to us humans — William James

no human since Adam — G.W.Cable

the least developed of all ancestral humans — A.L.Kroeber

what has been found true about rats may be applied to humans — E.E.Slosson

like most of us lazy and indecisive humans — T.H.Fielding

as completely scientific and objective an approach as a human is capable of — R.A.Hall b. 1911

two thousand million humans — G.H.T.Kimble

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.