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noun

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

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Origin of human nature

First recorded in 1735–45
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human nature

noun

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