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 There is a bright side: the resiliency of human nature. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Nearly half of the US may be mourning the election. Here's what can help," 10 Nov. 2020 Psychologist Alison Gopnik explores new discoveries in the science of human nature. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "What AI Can Learn From Parents," 5 Nov. 2020 In governance, to dismiss the mercurial, enigmatic nuances of human nature is to prepare for failure. Tod Worner, National Review, "A Dangerous Imbalance: Restoring Order to a Republic in Crisis," 25 Oct. 2020 That's human nature, especially being favored by more than three touchdowns. USA TODAY, "Texas upset? QB change for Georgia? Our bold predictions for Week 9 in college football.," 31 Oct. 2020 Yet some of de Tocqueville’s basic insights about human nature and democratic norms are still worth considering today. Richard Just, Washington Post, "How Religion Can Help Put Our Democracy Back Together," 28 Oct. 2020 True to his generally dim view of human nature, the Senate Majority Leader assumed that Olympia Snowe couldn’t be counted on once a final version of the health-care bill hit the floor. Barack Obama, The New Yorker, "A President Looks Back on His Toughest Fight," 26 Oct. 2020 The architects of the American Republic had no illusions about human nature, which is the one constant in human affairs. James L. Buckley, National Review, "Congress v. the Constitution," 17 Oct. 2020 Instead, the planners embraced a Hobbesian theory of human nature in which people were selfish, greedy, and prone to war, and could only be governed through violence and its threat. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "America Has No Duty to Rule the World," 21 Oct. 2020

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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