human action


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Noun1.human action - something that people do or cause to happenhuman action - something that people do or cause to happen
event - something that happens at a given place and time
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
acquiring, getting - the act of acquiring something; "I envied his talent for acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving"
causation, causing - the act of causing something to happen
obstetrical delivery, delivery - the act of delivering a child
departure, going, going away, leaving - the act of departing
discovery, find, uncovering - the act of discovering something
disposition, disposal - the act or means of getting rid of something
effectuation, implementation - the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect
egression, egress, emergence - the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent
equalisation, equalization, leveling - the act of making equal or uniform
digging up, disinterment, exhumation - the act of digging something out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried
mitsvah, mitzvah - (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty
actuation, propulsion - the act of propelling
recovery, retrieval - the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
running away - the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
nonaccomplishment, nonachievement - an act that does not achieve its intended goal
leaning - the act of deviating from a vertical position
motivating, motivation - the act of motivating; providing incentive
assumption - the act of assuming or taking for granted; "your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted"
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
sacrifice, forfeit, forfeiture - the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
derivation - the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
hire - the act of hiring something or someone; "he signed up for a week's car hire"
wearing, wear - the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; "she bought it for everyday wear"
judgment, assessment, judgement - the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event; "they criticized my judgment of the contestants"
production - the act or process of producing something; "Shakespeare's production of poetry was enormous"; "the production of white blood cells"
stay - continuing or remaining in a place or state; "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
residency, abidance, residence - the act of dwelling in a place
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
interference, hinderance, hindrance - the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
stop, stoppage - the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"
group action - action taken by a group of people
distribution - the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
legitimation - the act of rendering a person legitimate; "he has filial rights because he obtained letters of legitimation from the king"; "his parents' subsequent marriage resulted in his legitimation"
permissive waste, waste - (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
proclamation, promulgation - the formal act of proclaiming; giving public notice; "his promulgation of the policy proved to be premature"
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
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All his art was exerted to touch upon those springs of human action with which he was most familiar.
Besides displaying that beauty of virtue which may attract the admiration of mankind, I have attempted to engage a stronger motive to human action in her favour, by convincing men, that their true interest directs them to a pursuit of her.
Hence there is no reality in human action and no place for right and wrong.
We may attempt to shake them off, but they are always returning, and in every sphere of science and human action are tending to go beyond facts.
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
He jumped over the stream; Hirst went round and joined him, remarking that he had long ceased to look for the reason of any human action.
In the manner of thrusting the corpse up the chimney, you will admit that there was something excessively outré - something altogether irreconcilable with our common notions of human action, even when we suppose the actors the most depraved of men.
and few human actions admit of more satisfactory solution.
I refuse to make a hierarchy of human actions and ascribe worthiness to some and ill-repute to others.
The commonplace person begins to play, and shoots into the empyrean without effort, whilst we look up, marvelling how he has escaped us, and thinking how we could worship him and love him, would he but translate his visions into human words, and his experiences into human actions.
And you, in turn, - or so it seems to me, - leave out the biological factor, the very stuff out of which has been spun the fabric of all the arts, the warp and the woof of all human actions and achievements.
Keggs shook his head deprecatingly, as one who, realizing his limitations, declines to attempt to probe the hidden sources of human actions.