humanness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From human +‎ -ness.

Noun[edit]

humanness ‎(countable and uncountable, plural humannesses)

  1. The condition or quality of being human.
    • 1995, Neil Weiner, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius, Shattered innocence (page 8)
      Too often, children become an "it" in their homes and their humanness is devalued.
    • 2010, "Crossing the uncanny valley", The Economist, 20 Nov 2010:
      Though he had no hard data, his intuition was that increasing humanness in a robot was positive only up to a certain point.
    • 2014, Christopher Watts, Relational Archaeologies: Humans, Animals, Things (page 101)
      These examples reveal that the shared personhood of hunters and prey was mutually comprehensible, such that hunters could see the animalness of themselves and the humanness of prey, and prey could see the humanness of themselves []

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