humanity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being humane 2. a. the quality or state of being human b. plural human attributes or qualities <
his work has the ripeness of the 18th century, and its rough humanities — Pamela H. Johnson
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3. plural the branches of learning (as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics) 4. the human race ; the totality of human beings

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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