Definition of humankind in US English:



  • Human beings considered collectively (used as a neutral alternative to “mankind”)

    ‘the origin of humankind’
    • ‘That is not to say that with effort and discipline humankind cannot manage some amazing achievements of thought.’
    • ‘If this is true, it is a testament to the fact that advances in technology do not always represent progress for humankind.’
    • ‘That, alone, raises the most terrifying prospects for the future of humankind.’
    • ‘The blood and tears of this past week are a reminder, terror is as old as humankind.’
    • ‘Yet knowledgeable economists agree that these restrictions are bad for humankind.’
    • ‘It should have made us all proud to be of such brotherhood of humankind.’
    • ‘How can humankind's darkest hour be conveyed by a medium fundamentally committed to entertainment?’
    • ‘Today, humankind has the science and technology to destroy itself or to provide prosperity to all.’
    • ‘Neanderthal man bore enough similarities to modern man to have once been thought to be the species humankind evolved from.’
    • ‘Such pursuit is an inherent part of living in a fallen world that is subject to the sins of humankind.’
    • ‘Outer space is a common heritage of all humankind to be shared and appreciated with awe.’
    • ‘These finely-tuned killing machines have fascinated humankind for centuries.’
    • ‘Conscience and science must go hand in hand to prevent the destruction of humankind.’
    • ‘Obviously I'm a mild mannered man with an unending love for humankind, and I only ever see the best in people.’
    • ‘Some people have done so much for humankind that their names write history.’
    • ‘Though leavened with humour, the play is a dispassionate survey of humankind's folly.’
    • ‘The seabed is explicitly called the common heritage of humankind and cannot be claimed by any one country.’
    • ‘Trees with unsafe limbs can be pruned or pollarded at the correct time of year to extend their life and keep their benefit for humankind.’
    • ‘They are the enemies of democracy and the enemies of all humankind.’
    • ‘In its seeming ambiguity yet divine reality it remains free of the influence of humankind and our lusts.’
    the human race, the human species, humanity, mankind, man, people, mortals
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See man