human nature


Definition of human nature

: the nature of humans especially : the fundamental dispositions and traits of humans

Examples of human nature in a Sentence

You can't change human nature.
Recent Examples on the Web Competing Hasidic impulses vied for his soul: an ecstatic spiritual optimism in tension with an austere moral vision that harshly judged human nature. Sohrab Ahmari, WSJ, "What We’ve Lost in Rejecting the Sabbath," 7 May 2021 But even this most epic of tales is shaped by the centripetal forces of human nature. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Human Condition Goes to Space," 5 May 2021 The specifics will dash any vision that uninitiated readers might have of reaching the world’s highest peak — giving way to the disorientation and desperation of such a conquest, and the perseverance of human nature. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From the Brat Pack to a Math Biography," 4 May 2021 Veteran police officers can often develop a misanthropic view of human nature after years of witnessing its worst manifestations. Philip Cross, National Review, "Value(s) without Value," 23 Apr. 2021 Then there are basic ethical questions: How would this project affect human nature in the long run?, "Can a computer generate a simulation of the brain?," 22 Apr. 2021 More an examination of human nature than a thriller, the space-faring movie deals with weighty issues but doesn't possess much pizzazz or gravity, making Netflix the logical home for its launch. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Stowaway' brings an old-fashioned problem to the latest mission to Mars," 22 Apr. 2021 Against protocols certainly, but not human nature or common sense. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pandemic-altered high school football season - a year in the making - ends too soon," 19 Apr. 2021 Their humor was clean and honest, reflecting small-town life and human nature. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Two buddies from Mena," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of human nature

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Human nature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of human nature

: the ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are common to most people

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