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human nature

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noun
  1. the psychological and social qualities that characterize humankind, especially in contrast with other living things.
  2. Sociology. the character of human conduct, generally regarded as produced by living in primary groups.

Origin of human nature

First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for human nature

Historical Examples

  • We return to it again and again, and bless the memory of an author who contrives so well to reconcile us to human-nature.

    Sermons of Christmas Evans

    Joseph Cross

  • Edwards inclined more toward the old Georgia type of human-nature sketch.

  • At present there is a tendency to investigate the human-nature aspects of the causes of the industrial conflict.


British Dictionary definitions for human nature

human nature

noun
  1. the qualities common to humanity
  2. ordinary human behaviour, esp considered as less than perfect
  3. sociol the unique elements that form a basic part of human life and distinguish it from other animal life
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