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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.
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.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
Their artistry was high, but he denied the worthwhileness of artistry when divorced from humanness. The trick had been to fling over the face of his artistry a mask of humanness, and this he had done in the half-dozen or so stories of the horror brand he had written before he emerged upon the high peaks of "Adventure," "Joy," "The Pot," and "The Wine of Life."
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.
His work adds greatly to an abstract figurative dialogue currently underway within the halls of contemporary ceramic sculpture and, through the sensitive dissection of these forms, an even more sensitive presentation on our own humanness is revealed.
This sense of humanness is not limited to any particular class, but is a reflection of their upbringing.
They inform readers of the background and potential of the major religions in identifying, asserting, and practicing human rights as part of our common humanness. There is a chronology, notes, sources related to religious traditions and human rights, and human rights bibliography.
Love, grace, beauty, and truth are aspects of our humanness that are seldom the focus of who we truly are.
The argument proceeds as thus: if one posits the existence of an ideal "humanness" that is those qualities shared by all humans, one must also posit a humanness-ness that is those qualities shared by all humans and humanness; then one must posit a humannessnessness: those qualities common to all humans, humanness, and humannessness, and so on.
The judge said: " He be hanged by the neck till he is dead for taking away the life of 19- year- old Upender as his brutality showed he does not possess basic humanness." Refusing to show any leniency to 46- year- old Jha, the court said the convict is a menace to the society and that he is beyond reform and slapped a fine of ` 20,000 on him.
This is especially true of his appreciation of the natural world of created life and being, as well as of the self-realization of real humanness, to which all persons are destined to mature.