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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The failure of Versailles remains a tragic lesson about the eternal rules of war and human nature itself — 100 years ago this summer. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty," 25 July 2019 But for the next two days, their human nature is what got them through to play again. Bob Ford,, "Sixers take their chances against Celtics and live to play again | Bob Ford," 8 May 2018 His movies about forgotten people on fringes of society are remarkable, moving gems about love and life and human nature that star women, but are universally relatable. Laura Demarco,, "'A Fantastic Woman': Oscar-nominated Chilean film lives up to its name (review)," 27 Feb. 2018 Homosexuality was not fully removed from the diagnostic manual for another decade and is now considered to be a normal characteristic within the diversity of human nature. Shahid Merali, Quartz, "What exactly is a disease?," 30 July 2019 Its practitioners are proud of its foundations in micro theory, but this was and is microeconomics based on an abstract and false view of human nature. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: ‘Inflation is solved’? Don’t bank on it," 28 July 2019 His vision of the irrepressible force of human nature reveals the vanity of the political and religious authorities that presume or pretend to control it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Paradox at the Heart of Abbas Kiarostami’s Early Films," 26 July 2019 Thoreau’s reflections on nature and human nature seem more relevant today than in the pre-Civil War years of his time. Hasan Zillur Rahim, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Thoreau looms large on Independence Day," 3 July 2019 But this may be an ungenerous assumption about human nature, according to an expansive new study that found people are more likely to try and return lost wallets with money than those without. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "People Are Surprisingly Honest About Returning Lost Wallets," 21 June 2019

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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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