human touch


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human touch

1. Literally, physical touch between two people. Babies need human touch—that's why skin-to-skin contact is so important. I was surprised by how much I missed human touch when I lived alone.
2. The ability to treat other people with warmth and empathy. In my experience, it's rare to have a psychiatrist who treats her clients with a human touch and sees them as more than a diagnosis. These automated checkouts are convenient, but they lack the human touch of having a real person.
3. Qualities unique to human beings that are present in something inanimate, such as an object or place. The phone's voice-activated software sounds like a robot—we need to give it more of a human touch.
See also: human, touch
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