adverb Date: 15th century 1. a. with regard to human needs and emotions <
provide humanly for those who are not needed in the economy — E. F. Bacon
b. with regard to or in keeping with human proneness to error or weakness <
humanly inaccurate
2. a. from a human viewpoint <
humanly speaking, the process works…like this — Elizabeth Janeway
b. within the range of human capacity <
did everything humanly possible
c. by humans <
humanly made

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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