personhood

[ pur-suh n-hoo d ]
/ ˈpɜr sənˌhʊd /
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noun

the state or fact of being a person.
the state or fact of being an individual or having human characteristics and feelings: a harsh prison system that deprives prisoners of their personhood.

Nearby words

  1. personally,
  2. personals,
  3. personalty,
  4. personate,
  5. personately,
  6. personification,
  7. personify,
  8. personned,
  9. personnel,
  10. personnel agency

Origin of personhood

First recorded in 1955–60; person + -hood

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British Dictionary definitions for personhood

personhood

/ (ˈp£ːsənˌhʊd) /

noun

mainly US the condition of being a person who is an individual with inalienable rights, esp under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
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Word Origin and History for personhood

personhood

n.

1878, from person + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper