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Definitions of Humanity

  1. (noun) A collective term for all humans.
  2. (noun) The condition or state of being human.

Examples of Humanity

  • Definition 1:
  • Definition 2:
    • The similar lived experiences of people around the world, regardless of location or socioeconomic status such as aging and music.

Humanity Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: hu·man·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /hyoo-mAn-uh-tee/
  • British English – /hyu-mAn-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /hjuˈmænədi/
  • British English – /hjuːˈmanᵻti/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: humanities
  • 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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Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Humanity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/humanity/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

humanity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/humanity/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/humanity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“humanity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/humanity/>.