humanness


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hu·man

 (hyo͞o′mən)
n.
1. 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.
2. A person: the extraordinary humans who explored Antarctica.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of humans: the course of human events; the human race.
2. Having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character regarded as distinguishing humans from other animals: an act of human kindness.
3. Subject to or indicative of the weaknesses, imperfections, and fragility associated with humans: a mistake that shows he's only human; human frailty.
4. Having the form of a human.
5. Made up of humans: formed a human bridge across the ice.

[Middle English humain, from Old French, from Latin hūmānus; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]

hu′man·hood′ n.
hu′man·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humanness - the quality of being human; "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
References in classic literature ?
Their artistry was high, but he denied the worthwhileness of artistry when divorced from humanness.
Daisy, it was, who had put her tiny foot down and commanded the removal from the fever flatlands of Colusa to the healthy mountains of Ventura; who had backed the savage old Indian-fighter of a father into a corner and fought the entire family that Vila might marry the man of her choice; who had flown in the face of the family and of community morality and demanded the divorce of Laura from her criminally weak husband; and who on the other hand, had held the branches of the family together when only misunderstanding and weak humanness threatened to drive them apart.
A great sense of humanness and comradeship swept over him.
They were a morose and peevish band at best, though here and there were those among them in whom germinated the primal seeds of humanity--reversions to type, these, doubtless; reversions to the ancient progenitor who took the first step out of ape-hood toward humanness, when he walked more often upon his hind feet and discovered other things for idle hands to do.
Here was a human soul that, save for the most glimmering of contacts, was beyond the humanness of me.
As we watch the descent of the human race into an abysmal state in which no one is willing to take responsibility for unleashing the destructive power of new inventions and discoveries, this appalling silence of the scientific community has itself become a solitary cry in the wilderness, calling out for a reflective reexamination of the role scientists are playing in the wanton destruction of our humanness.
The schizophrenic nature of his character conveys authenticity and humanness.
Both the best and the worst of humanness come from our symbol-making, naming, world-shaping imagination.
Though not all stories are so dark and serious, van der Ploeg does bring to the surface again and again the essential stuff of our humanness that challenges us to pay attention and honor our need for significance that includes a moral and even spiritual dimension.
Licensing would maintain high standards of humanness towards animals on one hand whilst respecting the rights of individuals and the needs of livestock farmers on the other.
Viktor Frankl--psychiatrist and philosopher who lived through the Nazi era, one of the most dehumanizing periods in our history--came face to face with conditions that raised ultimate questions and the ultimate challenge to our humanness.