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.

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But if this venture succeeds, there’s nothing that could be done, aside from changing human nature, that would be more constructive for our society. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 In just under three months, Gardenhire has blended his understanding of human nature with a new appreciation for analytics. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Gardenhire playing a big role in Detroit Tigers surprising start," 19 June 2018 In a world not governed by human nature, that makes perfect sense. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Georgia juries are left in the dark when it comes to punishment," 8 June 2018 One of the criticisms of the human potential movement has been about its tendency to overemphasize the human potential for good and to underplay the evil, or dark side, of human nature. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Human Potential Movement Gone Awry," 12 Apr. 2018 Yet this is where Larry Flynt would learn his most valuable lessons about business and human nature. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Norma had so much common sense and a great understanding of human nature. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 His affairs are brusquely managed by his sister Cyril (the wonderful Lesley Manville), who has both the coldness of her brother and a woman's insight into human nature. Laura Demarco,, "'Phantom Thread': Daniel Day-Lewis' final film is a stylish masterpiece (review)," 17 Jan. 2018 Even if the criticisms of Joel Embiid and Brett Brown and executives across the NBA reflected her own thoughts and not those of her husband, that’s not the conclusion that is human nature to draw. David Murphy,, "Bryan Colangelo's downfall is stunning, but the Sixers did the right thing | David Murphy," 7 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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