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subhuman

[suhb-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-] /sʌbˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu-/
adjective
1.
less than or not quite human.
2.
almost human:
In some respects, the porpoise is subhuman.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; sub- + human
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Examples from the web for subhuman
  • In other cases, some peoples were seen as being subhuman and thus lacking souls.
  • He is reduced, through humiliation and torment, to a subhuman level.
  • They were housed in subhuman conditions and despite serving food for long hours, they were hungry.
British Dictionary definitions for subhuman

subhuman

/sʌbˈhjuːmən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or designating animals that are below man (Homo sapiens) in evolutionary development
2.
less than human
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Word Origin and History for subhuman
adj.

1793, from sub- + human. The noun is first recorded 1957.

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