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  • n. Plural form of human being.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth


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  • Around the same time, another leading Sunni cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, said “Islam, the religion of tolerance, holds the human soul in high esteem, and considers the attacks against innocent human beings a grave sin.”

    The Longest War

  • Dolphins, for example, have a massive paralimbic lobe, a structure that human beings do not possess.

    Why We Believe What We Believe

  • Since this calamity began, half a dozen human beings John and I have seen murdered in front of our hollow eyes, a throat slit, one baseball-batted, others shot and chopped.

    Our American King

  • The central argument of Leviathan is that an all-powerful state is necessary to prevent human beings from falling into a condition described by Hobbes as “solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • One editorialist wrote: Robert Owen, Esq., a benevolent cotton-spinner ... conceives that all human beings are so many plants which have been out of the earth for a few thousand years, and require to be reset.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • From an ethical perspective, therefore, germ-line manipulations of human beings are likely to remain off the table for a very long time.

    The Language of God

  • This would appear to apply to human beings as well, when you consider the number of hundred-year-old Japanese folks hanging around.

    The Flex Diet

  • I think my father saw certain acts of violence and cruelty, such as the terrible death of Marilyn Hyde, and wondered if there were some deeds that were beyond even the potential of human beings to commit; if there were creatures both more and less than human who preyed upon us.

    The Killing Kind

  • An observer unaware of this history might expect that anyone who believes in a God who cares about human beings that is, a theist would be someone who believes in Intelligent Design.

    The Language of God

  • Africa slave-trade the popes, from Pius II, in the fifteenth century, to Leo XIII, in the nineteenth, issued encyclicals and directed anathemas against the barbarous and inhuman treatment of human beings in slavery.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss


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