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 The book’s main strength is its thoroughness and complexity, as Favale contrasts the internal contradictions of feminism and gender theory with a coherent account of human nature and the givenness of our bodies. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, 28 July 2022 Kaufman said the Germans’ carefree behavior in the photographs show a disturbing side of human nature. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 Is your view of human nature and our willingness to peacefully share the pie just more hopeful than his? David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 17 July 2022 Far from an invention of poets or reality TV producers, romantic love has been a part of human nature for many thousands of years. Benjamin Kaveladze, The Conversation, 12 July 2022 What happened taps into a very primitive part of human nature. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 Parker leveraged his astute judgment of human nature to pluck Presley from obscurity as a truck driver and move him quickly from a traveling circus-like roadshow to the pinnacle of mainstream popularity. Brad Auerbach, SPIN, 22 June 2022 So history and human nature conspire to make diverse democracy a tough sell. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 13 July 2022 The human instinct to defend, which is currently gaining momentum due to the threat landscape, was only reluctantly driven by human nature. John Giordani, Forbes, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of human nature

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Human nature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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