Definition of humanly in US English:



  • 1From a human point of view; in a human manner.

    ‘they can grow both humanly and spiritually’
    • ‘Bulls neither humanly smile nor mind the footsteps of their slaughterman.’
    • ‘Parents need support, politically and humanly, to carry out this momentous and critical task, but giving infants and children what they need in their early years will, in the long term, benefit us all.’
    • ‘I should, however, clarify that I am speaking humanly when I say this.’
    • ‘But this will have to be a slow, incremental, bottom-up process of forming the Catholic laity spiritually and humanly.’
    • ‘Its seeming inability to deal realistically and humanly with the challenge of human sexuality is an illustration.’
    1. 1.1 By human means; within human ability.
      ‘we did all that was humanly possible’
      • ‘We have done everything humanly possible to ensure, first of all, that as many voters as can get to the polls go to the polls.’
      • ‘I feel duty bound to ensure that situation doesn't happen again as far as humanly possible.’
      • ‘But we must now go to the European and world authorities as soon as humanly possible to get our disease-free status back.’
      • ‘There's a catch, though: it might be humanly impossible for those competing this weekend to drive.’
      • ‘I would build a spare room, if such a thing were humanly feasible.’
      • ‘And yes, I know you're all thinking - it's not humanly possible for a person to spend that much time in the grocery store.’
      • ‘We certainly intend to find him and we are doing everything humanly possible to do that.’
      • ‘But, you do everything that's humanly possible to believe in them.’
      • ‘I can't give assurances, but we have done everything humanly possible to make sure it does not.’
      • ‘Tough new rules are being pushed through as quickly as humanly possible so that investors can once again have faith in the accounting of American businesses.’
      • ‘I have to go, just to see how that's humanly possible.’
      • ‘As much as humanly possible, the process eliminates surprises within the organization; it anticipates variables, breaks them down and neutralizes them.’
      • ‘He's famous for mixing together things that seem humanly impossible while keeping it sounding fluid, cool, funky and fun.’
      • ‘I think I knew what he was going to say, and I wanted to put it off as long as humanly possible.’
      • ‘When phoning in, be as graphic as humanly possible.’
      • ‘I can tell you that we're doing our absolute level best to ensure that the number of casualties from military activities will be as low as humanly possible.’
      • ‘It's very difficult if not humanly impossible to do everything that the Secretary-General is required to do at present.’
      • ‘We'll do everything humanly possible to try to find her.’
      • ‘Many of these works are crammed with details and it is humanly impossible to recreate them.’
      • ‘If you have confidence in yourself and in your abilities, nothing that is humanly possible is beyond you.’
  • 2archaic With human feeling or kindness.

    • ‘The staff have worked incredibly hard to look after them humanly and with care.’
    • ‘And if there is somebody captured - and it looks like there may be - I expect those people to be treated humanly.’