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[an-thruh-poh-sen-trik] /ˌæn θrə poʊˈsɛn trɪk/
regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe.
assuming human beings to be the final aim and end of the universe.
viewing and interpreting everything in terms of human experience and values.
Origin of anthropocentric
1860-65; anthropo- + -centric
Related forms
anthropocentrically, adverb
Can be confused
anthropocentric, anthropomorphic, homocentric. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthropocentric
  • You're right in the sense that civilization is anthropocentric.
  • Yet, environmentalists also tended toward the anthropocentric.
  • Only an egocentric, anthropocentric human could find a way to believe that their species is the only one that really matters.
  • These reasons for protecting biodiversity are practical and anthropocentric.
  • Absolutely but within the context of an anthropocentric approach.
  • But science has shown us several times how our anthropocentric world view was flat out wrong.
  • They think they own evolution, but they're basically anthropocentric zoologists.
  • Finally, going back to the distinction between types of selection, the whole argument is necessarily anthropocentric.
  • Humans certainly seem more complex than plants, but this might be an illusion or due to anthropocentric bias.
  • It is anthropocentric and egocentric, and in principle mostly exclusive, to define life around consciousness of a few species.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropocentric


regarding man as the most important and central factor in the universe
Derived Forms
anthropocentrism, noun
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Word Origin and History for anthropocentric

"regarding man as the center," 1855, from anthropo- + -centric. Related: Anthropocentrically.

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anthropocentric in Medicine

anthropocentric an·thro·po·cen·tric (ān'thrə-pə-sěn'trĭk)

  1. Regarding humans as the central element of the universe.

  2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience.

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