Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the form or characteristics of man; human.

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  • adjective Like a human or that of a human in form, seeming, or appearance.

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Examples

  • The Evas, from the series Neon Genesis: Evangelion, are skyscraper-sized humaniform robots built to defeat the "Angels" -- monstrous beings with no consistent morphology or predictable method of attack.

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  • Only this time it's the murder of one of her robots, Jander - a humaniform robot similar to Daneel.

    Revisiting The Robot Novels

  • Only this time it's the murder of one of her robots, Jander - a humaniform robot similar to Daneel.

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  • Daneel Olivaw, a humaniform positronic robot beholden by the all-important Three Laws of Robotics.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • The Sci-Fi murder mysteries starting terran Elijah Baley and his humaniform robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw would also be a nice vehicle for a new franchise.

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  • Daneel Olivaw, a humaniform positronic robot beholden by the all-important Three Laws of Robotics.

    Revisiting The Robot Novels

  • Backward like the fat, plastic robot who came out first and told us take-my-wife jokes, or the one that followed, a beefy-looking humaniform who sang to us in a fine contralto blur.

    New Race

  • How the hell could he fight in the first Cylon War -- and be good friends with Adama, so there's someone who's actually known him all this time -- and yet be a humaniform cylon ... before such things existed.

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  • In this “Stepford Wives” meets “The Matrix” world, most people carry out their daily actions through the use of humaniform robots.

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  • But just to make the distinction I see clear, I think it's not necessarily the case that tormenting humaniform simulacra, whatever the medium, is bad for your soul (or rather, morally wrong) -- I think it's only if, in so tormenting them, you engage with them or conceive of them, psychologically, as fellow-humans that it becomes really reprehensible (leaving aside the problem of psychopaths who don't really see their actual fellow-humans as fellow-humans).

    If your robot seems human enough, would it not damage your soul to mistreat it?

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