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Definition of human adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    human

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmən//
     
     
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  1. 1  [only before noun] of or connected with people rather than animals, machines or gods the human body/brain human anatomy/activity/behaviour/experience a terrible loss of human life Contact with other people is a basic human need. This food is not fit for human consumption. human geography (= the study of the way different people live around the world) The hostages were used as a human shield (= a person or group of people that is forced to stay in a particular place where they would be hurt or killed if their country attacked it). Firefighters formed a human chain (= a line of people) to carry the children to safety. Human remains (= the body of a dead person) were found inside the house.
  2. 2  showing the weaknesses that are typical of people, which means that other people should not criticize the person too much human weaknesses/failings We must allow for human error. It's only human to want the best for your children.
  3. 3  having the same feelings and emotions as most ordinary people He's really very human when you get to know him. The public is always attracted to politicians who have the human touch (= the ability to make ordinary people feel relaxed when they meet them).
  4. compare inhuman, non-human
    Word Origin late Middle English humaine, from Old French humain(e), from Latin humanus, from homo ‘man, human being’. The present spelling became usual in the 18th cent.; compare with humane.Extra examples Firefighters formed a human chain to carry the children to safety. The hostages were used as a human shield. This food is not fit for human consumption. a terrible loss of human life human geography the human body/​brainIdioms a person who is involved in a subject, issue, etc. and makes it easier for ordinary people to understand and have sympathy with it He is the human face of party politics.
    the milk of human kindness
     
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    (literary) kind behaviour, considered to be natural to humans See related entries: Kind
    that considers the needs of ordinary people This was science with a human face.
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