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Definition of humanity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] people in general crimes against humanity
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of being a person rather than a god, an animal, or a machine The story was used to emphasize the humanity of Jesus. united by a sense of common humanity
  3. 3[uncountable] the quality of being kind to people and animals by making sure that they do not suffer more than is necessary; the quality of being humane The judge was praised for his courage and humanity. opposite inhumanity
  4. 4(the) humanities [plural] the subjects of study that are concerned with the way people think and behave, for example literature, language, history, and philosophy compare science
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