human nature

noun

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 state, which provides order, is born in violence because of the violence of human nature. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 On our retreat, a five-night, small-group experience in the wildlife refuge of Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, the idea was to apply these same principles to human nature. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Wisdom of the Wild," 10 Oct. 2018 As long as con artists can use these platforms to prey on people’s most base desires, social media sites will continue to reflect the worst of human nature back at us. Carlos Maza, Vox, "Why every social media site is a dumpster fire," 21 Sep. 2018 And the why is that it’s, unfortunately, human nature that has presented itself in so many, many ways. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 And then there's this other attitude that the constitution is something that can persist because human nature stays the same. Fox News, "Political fallout from Scott Pruitt's resignation," 6 July 2018 Is that hungry spirit god, the devil, some mythical creature, or simply our own hideous human nature? Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 2018 This is a missed opportunity for today’s high schoolers, not just to earn money before college, but to learn about human nature. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Summer Jobs Teach Real-World Lessons," 31 May 2018 Cowen believes biographies are an underrated way to learn about human nature. Emily Heller, Vox, "Tyler Cowen recommends “a pile of books” on The Ezra Klein Show," 21 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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human nature

noun

English Language Learners Definition of human nature

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

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