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[hyoo-muh n-kahynd, -kahynd or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mənˌkaɪnd, -ˈkaɪnd or, often, ˈyu-/
human beings collectively; the human race.
Origin of humankind
1635-45; from the phrase human kind; modeled on mankind
Can be confused
humankind, mankind, womankind. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for humankind
  • By studying humankind's family tree he hopes to close the gaps in our knowledge of human migration.
  • Since before the dawn of human history, humankind has lived with harsh limits.
  • humankind does try to avoid repeating its atrocities.
  • Clearly it's to the benefit of humankind for this sort of material to be made as widely available as possible.
  • The word is a catch-all for every vile behavior humankind can muster.
  • These strangely beautiful devices are monuments to humankind's resolve to learn about the universe.
  • At that time the horse was still central to humankind's existence.
  • Their other qualities, in the view of humankind, are negative.
  • And it is here where the best of humankind resides and expresses itself.
  • Then, as now, many were affronted by the notion that humankind is simply a highly developed primate.
British Dictionary definitions for humankind


the human race; humanity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humankind

1640s, properly two words, from human + kind (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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