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a creature, animal, or being that is not human
not related to human beingsnot appropriate to human beings; unnatural


(nɒnˈhyu mən; often -ˈyu-)

1. not human or for humans.
2. not worthy of human beings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nonhuman - not human; not belonging to or produced by or appropriate to human beings; "nonhuman primates such as chimpanzees"
human - having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings; "human beings"; "the human body"; "human kindness"; "human frailty"
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It was the feeling that induces a volunteer recruit to spend his last penny on drink, and a drunken man to smash mirrors or glasses for no apparent reason and knowing that it will cost him all the money he possesses: the feeling which causes a man to perform actions which from an ordinary point of view are insane, to test, as it were, his personal power and strength, affirming the existence of a higher, nonhuman criterion of life.
It's truly terrific that you have given us this fascinating interview with Lori Marino, prominent expert on the behavior and mentality of nonhuman animals, as well as an advocate for treating animals always with due moral regard (Conversation, Summer 2017).
This paper argues that colonial biopolitics and informality co-produce a 'state of exception' for nonhuman animals in cities, based on the socio-political construct of a human/animal binary.
Symposium day two concentrates on nonhuman primates and starts the 3.
Indeed, in light of empirical discoveries regarding the consciousness of other species, the human as much as the nonhuman may (finally) be more accurately comprehended.
In 14 chapters, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other researchers from North America, Europe, South Africa, and South Korea discuss knowledge about the amygdala from research on humans and nonhuman primates and what happens when it is damaged or missing.
Karen Kilcup's Fallen Forests expands our sense of American literary engagement with the nonhuman world well beyond the established canon.
But while Christianity has obsessed over the future of humanity, it has neglected the ends for nonhuman animals, inanimate creatures, and angels.
Central to the introduction is a discussion of primatology used to argue that nonhuman animals have culture; Feder goes on to argue that "the story of individual acculturation" is "also the story of 'nature,' of our knowledge of human animality and nonhuman agency or subjectivity" (19).
These, and many other stories, are told in Annie Potts, Philip Armstrong and Deidre Brown's collective work, A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life, a rich exploration of the cultural histories of relationships between human and nonhuman animals in Aotearoa New Zealand from early Maori contexts to the present day.
The utilitarian argument runs this way: Since nonhuman animals are sentient beings, meaning they have the ability to feel pain and suffering, then it is in your interest not to cause any harm to them.
To the Editor: Since 1975, federal quarantine regulations (1) have restricted nonhuman primate importation to scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes to limit risks for disease introduction (1,2).