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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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  • The disappearance of the light seemed to close all communication between the abandoned girl and humankind.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • humankind is basically one in meaning, in aim and in destiny.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Yet through those flakes, assaulted by them in eyes and nostrils, invaded by them in ears and neck, humankind was riding.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Then I would think, surely, surely, humankind is not meant to be thus.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • The nature of their interdependence is characteristic of each of the changes in the scale of humankind that interests us here.

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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