October 24, 2017 - What is a Human Being

Definition of human1:

1:of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see 2human)

  • the human brain
  • human voices
  • problems that have occurred throughout human history

2:consisting of humans

  • everyone held hands and made a human chain

3 a:having human form or attributes

  • the statue is more human than the beings at his feet
  • —Clifton Fadiman

b:representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature

  • human kindness
  • a human weakness
  • such an inconsistency is very human
  • —P. E. More

No reference to man, woman, or mankind.

It would seem to be a term of science distinguishing one specs from the other animals.

human. Of the form and characterisic of man.

human being. a person, male or female.2

Of the form and characteristic of man, but not actually? A male person or a female person, but a man or woman.

In our legal documents we'd be wise to use terms such as man, woman, or mankind rather than human, human being, human-being, or humankind.




1. "Human." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2017.

2. Ballentines Law Dictionary, 3rd.

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