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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But this may be an ungenerous assumption about human nature, according to an expansive new study that found people are more likely to try and return lost wallets with money than those without. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "People Are Surprisingly Honest About Returning Lost Wallets," 21 June 2019 But as Magic for Liars makes clear, some problems are just fundamental to human nature, and no amount of magic can solve those on its own. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Magic for Liars blends magic school with a murder mystery," 15 June 2019 Like a post-rock record, the book has meandering, slow chapters, where Grossman noodles off in a corner, exploring, to no discernible end, some aspect of human nature during wartime. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Sometimes the most uncomfortable situations can actually bring out the best of human nature. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Target computer problems leave shoppers unable to check out; registers now working, company says," 15 June 2019 History and human nature have proven time and again, staying on top is never bloodless. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Thursday: Younger stars fight it out on Lip Sync Battle," 6 June 2019 And when that transpires, the show takes a devastating turn into the bowels of human nature. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Society Is a Lot More Real Than You Think," 13 May 2019 Besides, violence seems to go against so many aspects of human nature. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 This compelling story of the rise and fall of a charismatic populist and the reporter who covers him, provides a timely insight into both the political process and how the flaws in human nature can be exploited. Steve Israel, chicagotribune.com, "What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.," 12 July 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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