from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of a lower order than humans; subhuman.
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- n. A creature that is not (yet) at the level of understanding of a human being, such as a presymbolic child or an animal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having attributes or qualities lower than the human in the scale of being: the opposite of superhuman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to a group below humans in evolutionary development
The task might also be called infrahuman, because the sort of omniscience which such complete historical science would achieve would merely furnish materials for intelligence: it would be inferior to intelligence itself.
Thousands of families braving the rains, winds and cholera under tarps and infrahuman conditions, undisbursed funding, and a rubble-strewn downtown characterized by empty plots and dying businesses.
People often bathe, and sometimes even defecate, in the open, use unchlorinated water, lack hand-washing facilities and live in squalid, infrahuman conditions in a country where every day hundreds are infected with the deadly Vibrio cholera.
When you think of each act of conception as God's creative act, then it follows that it should be wrong to destroy the zygote or the embryo or that fetus, because each stage of the infrahuman lifeform represents the supposed creative act of God.
For the infrahuman zygote and the the infrahuman embryo and then the infrahuman fetus do not represent the essence of a human person, but represent infrahuman lifeforms.
The infrahuman lifeform known as the fetus becomes a full-fledged human person only at the moment of ensoulment with the specifically human soul, the essence, as it were, of specifically human life and of a human person.
Now, for Aristotle, the human being is a rational animal, as distinct from an infrahuman animal.
However, with all due charity for the pope and his encyclical and for the Vatican officials who produced the other document, their reasoning about abortion is based on a serious philosophic mistake -- the mistake that the infrahuman zygote and then the infrahuman embryo and then the infrahuman fetus somehow represent a supposed human person.
The specifically human soul provides the rational part of the human soul that differentiates human being from infrahuman lifeforms.
But in infrahuman animals and in human animals, the brain remains in the corpse after the soul has left the corpse.