Definition of human being in English:

human being


  • A man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance.

    • ‘It is no use pointing out the obvious differences between human beings and all other animals.’
    • ‘There is a great effort by many human beings to control the animal populations.’
    • ‘We human beings differ from most animals in that we act upon nature to produce the things we want and need.’
    • ‘To call this process a sport is insulting to the animals and degrading to human beings.’
    • ‘It is as close to being a perfect food for them as it is for human beings and animals.’
    • ‘One may also be born as a human being with severe mental and physical disabilities.’
    • ‘I actually think that people had more chance to develop as rounded human beings in my school.’
    • ‘There's no room in this system for being treated like an individual human being.’
    • ‘The naked photo takes away these elements and shows the person as a human being.’
    • ‘For the cause of a human action is not an event at all, but an agent: a person, a human being.’
    • ‘At first sight, the distinction between a person and a human being might appear to be a specious one.’
    • ‘We would not let an animal suffer like this, so why should a human being be left to suffer?’
    • ‘It was appalling to see those broken bodies, human beings treated worse than dogs.’
    • ‘We may well decide that it was the most evil act ever perpetrated by human beings on fellow people.’
    • ‘Each day he has looked at a key issue facing us as a nation, as a people, as frail human beings.’
    • ‘Some men in this culture literally do not see women as human beings but as body parts.’
    • ‘People will argue that as intelligent human beings we are above basic instincts.’
    • ‘Yet these are human beings like you and me, people who think and feel, who hurt and can be hurt.’
    • ‘I am a mild mannered fellow with a respect for all good human beings and all religions and cultures.’
    • ‘He did not help me because of a divine instruction, but because of the shared values of human beings.’
    person, human being, personage, mortal, member of the human race


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