WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
sub•hu•man /ˌsʌbˈhyumən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  • one who acts in a way showing that he or she lacks basic human qualities in feelings, thinking ability, etc.
    1. a person or animal lower in some way than a human.

    adj. 
    1. acting in a way beneath the level of a human, as by being cruel, horrible, etc.
    2. lower in some way than a human, as in development.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    sub•hu•man  (sub hyo̅o̅mən or, often, -yo̅o̅-),USA pronunciation adj. 
    1. Zoologyless than or not quite human.
    2. Zoologyalmost human:In some respects, the porpoise is subhuman.
    • sub- + human 1785–95


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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



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