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 desire for success may be inherent to human nature. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Chasing Success Leads Away From Happiness," 30 July 2020 Corona knows how to be interdisciplinary in ways that our brainy universities only dream of, acquiring expertise in evolutionary biology, globalization, human nature. Kc Cole, Wired, "Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning," 7 July 2020 But that’s easier said than done given human nature – especially for younger people, said Richard Petty, a psychology professor at Ohio State University. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "As coronavirus cases mount, is it possible to keep Ohio bars open in a safe way?," 1 July 2020 The tide of sickness, distrust and fear slams up against the shoals of human nature. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: How can sports proceed like this?," 20 June 2020 Alas, my plan to sort and cull my thousands of books — — failed to make allowance for human nature. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "By day, I’ve been trying to cull my book collection. But at night, eBay beckons.," 17 June 2020 But all seem both unique to their birthplaces and universal to human nature. National Geographic, "From evil eyes to sacred hearts, a look at lucky charms around the world," 9 June 2020 Their field research, undertaken at the peak of the Cold War, was intended to discern how people responded to a cataclysm, and Mooallem tells us their findings helped change understandings of human nature. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘This Is Chance!’ 3 days that shook Anchorage, and the woman who helped hold it together," 7 June 2020 The vagaries of human nature and the scale and algorithms of social-media platforms fuel case after case of people finding themselves in the midst of such whirlwinds, but sometimes these mobs perform an important function. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "This Social Media Mob Was Good," 28 May 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 9 Aug. 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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