[pur-suh n-hoo d]


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.

Origin of personhood

First recorded in 1955–60; person + -hood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of personhood

Historical Examples of personhood

  • Personhood is being authentic, being who I am as caring person in the moment.

  • Does the nurse seek enhancement of personhood in the nursing situation?

  • This process requires that students be encouraged to live fully their personhood.

  • In Chapter 1, personhood was described as a process of living grounded in caring.

  • As a process, personhood acknowledges the person as having continuous potential for further tapping the current of caring.

British Dictionary definitions for personhood



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for personhood

1878, from person + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper