WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
human being, 
  • any individual of the genus Homo, esp. a member of the species Homo sapiens.
  • a person, esp. as distinguished from other animals or as representing the human species:living conditions not fit for human beings; a very generous human being.
  • Etymology:1855–60

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    hu•man /ˈhyumən/USA pronunciation adj. 
    1. [before a noun] of, relating to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people:human weakness.
    2. Anthropology[before a noun] made up of people:the human race.
    3. [before a noun] of or relating to the social aspect of people:human affairs.
    4. sympathetic; kind;
      humane:a warmly human understanding.

    n. [countable]
  • AnthropologyAlso called ˈhu•man ˈbe•ing. a person;
    a man, woman, or child.
  • hu•man•ness, n. [uncountable]


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    human being n
    1. a member of any of the races of Homo sapiens; person; man, woman, or child



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