1. (noun) A collective term for all humans.

2(noun) The quality or state of being a human.

Audio Pronunciation: (hu·man·i·ty)

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Usage Notes:

  • Also called:
    • human race
    • humankind
    • humanness
  • Historically called:
    • man
    • mankind

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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

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How to Cite the Definition of Humanity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 23, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

humanity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 23, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“humanity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <>.