Definition of nonhuman in English:

nonhuman

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of a creature or thing that is not a human being.

    ‘ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman animals’
    • ‘Scientific information receives far greater emphasis than does the subject of human interaction with the nonhuman natural world.’
    • ‘Half a century later many of these behaviors persist and are the subject of studies exploring nonhuman primate culture.’
    • ‘Singing evolved independently at least four times among nonhuman primates, contends Geissmann.’
    • ‘Also many more genes have been sequenced and functionally characterized for the mouse than for any other nonhuman mammal.’
    • ‘What are our responsibilities toward the nonhuman world?’
    • ‘What ethically significant feature can there be that all human beings but no nonhuman animals possess?’
    • ‘With nonhuman subjects, researchers can insert electrodes and record the firing of individual neurons.’
    • ‘The technique, she believes, can even work on nonhuman species.’
    • ‘Arguments about nonhuman consciousness range from claims of levels comparable to humans to refutation of any need to study such phenomena.’
    • ‘Thus, it may be worth developing these physiological methods to assess the level of vigilance in nonhuman organisms.’
    • ‘Although nonhuman animals can develop highly sophisticated systems of social security, this isn't always the case.’
    • ‘Some of the richest cultural variation, in nonhuman species, has been observed in chimpanzee populations.’
    • ‘One looks toward the social behavior of nonhuman animals.’
    • ‘Human curiosity about nonhuman animals takes many forms.’
    • ‘They also have educational value to us; they can teach us how to relate to nonhuman nature and how to develop as fully human beings.’
    • ‘It calls on us to see each other and the nonhuman realm not as means to fulfill our self-interested ends, but as ends in themselves.’
    • ‘Crow believes the authors of these papers want to find precursors of language in nonhuman primates to support a theory of graduated evolution.’
    • ‘From what is known, the six figures are nonhuman creatures with extraordinary, but evil powers.’
    • ‘Yet others are more abstract questions concerning the value and moral standing of the natural environment and its nonhuman components.’
    • ‘We need to weave more elements of nonhuman nature into our urban and suburban worlds.’
    non-human, non-mortal, monstrous, devilish, demonic, demoniac, ghostly
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noun

  • A creature that is not a human being.

    • ‘It's not our planet, and non-humans are also not ours.’
    • ‘Even the other non-humans weren't particularly friendly with her.’
    • ‘Most were non-violent, or involved violence directed at non-humans: aliens, ghosts, monsters and the like.’
    • ‘But if neither similarities of function nor similarities of mechanism between humans and non-humans can be reliably used to tell us about emotions in other species, what can we do?’
    • ‘The evolutionary view, for humans and non-humans, suggests that organisms are designed to develop, learn, and behave in ways that are conditional on environmental influences.’
    • ‘Everybody, save for the non-humans, had fallen silent.’
    • ‘Certainly this would include humans as well as non-humans, and for this reason, I (and many animal rights activists) fully support and champion the promotion of human rights.’
    • ‘She was unsure about who took care of non-humans.’
    • ‘It's a very optimistic study of the potential for humans and non-humans to pool their collective knowledge and sort out the horrible planetary mess we've made of things so far.’
    • ‘Like in non-humans, lying by humans is rooted in the subconscious.’
    • ‘According to Latour, social interactions are actively localised by objects, framed by associations between humans and non-humans.’
    • ‘The non-humans are surprisingly life-like while the humans still retain the slightly awkward look of something designed on a computer.’
    • ‘The second part of the law was simple but brutal, stating that all non-humans had no choice in their government.’
    • ‘The functional approach means examining the role of emotions in human behaviour and then asking whether the function is the same in humans and non-humans.’
    • ‘These groups ensure that non-humans and humans are part of the same moral domain.’
    • ‘Her response has consistently been to delve into her tribal heritage and attempt to ‘go back’ to a world where humans and non-humans lived not as separate entities but as interdependent parts of a symbiotic whole.’
    • ‘The division between human and non-human may seem grossly arbitrary, but children's cartoon regulations allow for violence against non-humans while violence against humans remains regulated.’
    • ‘Nearly every traditional human problem has been solved, and they live peacefully with benevolent non-humans.’
    • ‘They said that the apes were non-humans, so they viewed the world in a fundamentally different way than we did and so it was difficult to know what they were talking about unless someone was used to their mind set.’
    • ‘For six years you've been holding onto that guilt, passing it off as hatred for non-humans.’

Pronunciation:

nonhuman

/ˌnänˈ(h)yo͞omən/