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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And the why is that it’s, unfortunately, human nature that has presented itself in so many, many ways. Howard Reich,, "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 Neither character's desires are clear in this film where human nature is never predictable. Laura Demarco,, "'Phantom Thread': Daniel Day-Lewis' final film is a stylish masterpiece (review)," 17 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of human nature

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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