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subhuman adj
1 less than human or not worthy of a human being; "treated natives as subhuman"; "a subhuman spectacle"; "the subhuman primates" [ant: superhuman]
2 unfit for human beings; "subhuman conditions of life"

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  1. Less than human; lacking characteristics of a human.
    To say he is subhuman is to make a grave insult; whether to him or to humanity is the question.
    We say dolphin intelligence is subhuman; I suspect dolphins say our intelligence is subdolphin.

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The term subhuman can refer to several concepts:

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