human

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.[1]

Displaced Old English guma (whence Modern English groom), with which it is cognate, and wer.

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Adjective[edit]

human ‎(comparative more human, superlative most human)

  1. (not comparable) Of or belonging to the species Homo sapiens or its closest relatives.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
  2. (comparable) Having the nature or attributes of a human being.
    To err is human; to forgive is divine.

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Look at pages starting with human.

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Noun[edit]

Rendition of the humans on the Pioneer 10 plaque

human ‎(plural humans)

  1. A human being, whether man, woman or child.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola.
    Humans share common ancestors with other apes.

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Verb[edit]

human ‎(third-person singular simple present humans, present participle humaning, simple past and past participle humaned)

  1. (rare) To behave as or become, or to cause to behave as or become, a human.
    • 2013, Biosocial Becomings (ISBN 110702563X), page 19:
      There are, then, many ways of humaning: these are the ways along which we make ourselves and, collaboratively, one another.
    • 1911, The collected works of Ambrose Bierce, volume 9, page 362:
      [] he sought to charm a single pair of ears, and those more hairy than critical. Later, as the race went on humaning, there grew complexity of sentiment and varying emotional needs, []

Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923: forth · fire · lost · #380: human · kept · business · mean

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Random House Dictionary, 2010

Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: hu‧man

Verb[edit]

human

  1. To finish.

Adjective[edit]

human

  1. completed, done

Adverb[edit]

human

  1. after

Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

human

  1. human (having the nature or attributes of a human being)
  2. humane (something done from love to humanity)

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of human
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular human
Neuter singular humant
Plural humane
Definite humane

German[edit]

German Wikipedia has an article on:

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Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

human ‎(comparative humaner, superlative am humansten)

  1. humane

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Northern Sami[edit]

Verb[edit]

human

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hupmat

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin humanus

Adjective[edit]

human ‎(neuter singular humant, definite singular and plural humane)

  1. humane

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin humanus

Adjective[edit]

human ‎(neuter singular humant, definite singular and plural humane)

  1. humane

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Romansch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin hūmānus.

Adjective[edit]

human m (feminine singular humana, masculine plural humans, feminine plural humanas)

  1. (Sursilvan) human

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Vallader) uman
  • (Puter) umaun

Noun[edit]

human m (plural humans)

  1. (Sursilvan) (male) human being

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Vallader) uman
  • (Puter) umaun

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /xûmaːn/
  • Hyphenation: hu‧man

Adjective[edit]

hȕmān ‎(definite hȕmānī, comparative humaniji, Cyrillic spelling ху̏ма̄н)

  1. humane (with regard for the health and well-being of another; compassionate)

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Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

human

  1. humane, decent, compassionate
    Deras politik har kritiserats för att inte vara human.
    Their politics have been criticised for being less than humane.
  2. (of prices) reasonable
    Det var ett humant pris.
    That was a reasonable price.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of human
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular human humanare humanast
Neuter singular humant humanare humanast
Plural humana humanare humanast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 humane humanare humanaste
All humana humanare humanaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.