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mankind

[man-kahynd for 1; man-kahynd for 2] /ˈmænˈkaɪnd for 1; ˈmænˌkaɪnd for 2/
noun
1.
the human race; human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind.
2.
men, as distinguished from women.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see man1, kind2
Related forms
premankind, noun
Can be confused
humankind, mankind, womankind.
Usage note
See -man.
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British Dictionary definitions for premankind

mankind

/ˌmænˈkaɪnd/
noun
1.
human beings collectively; humanity
2.
men collectively, as opposed to womankind
Usage note
Nowadays many people object to the use of mankind to refer to all human beings and use the term humankind instead
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Word Origin and History for premankind

mankind

n.

"the human race," c.1300, earlier man-kende (early 13c.), from man (n.) + kind (n.). Replaced Old English mancynn "human race." Also used occasionally in Middle English for "male persons" (late 14c.), but otherwise preserving the original gender neutrality of man (n.). For "menfolk, the male sex," menkind (late 14c.) and menskind (1590s) have been used.

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