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human nature

the psychological and social qualities that characterize humankind, especially in contrast with other living things.
Sociology. the character of human conduct, generally regarded as produced by living in primary groups.
Origin of human nature
1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The desire for property is an original element in human nature.

  • But then, I always was a terrible poor judge of human nature.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Even their little wants and vanities and bickerings are to him only interesting developments of human nature.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • Knowing what human nature is, we cannot wonder at this disposition, culpable as it was.

  • The statement frequently heard that "human nature is human nature" is only a platitudinous half-truth.

    Woman William J. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for human nature

human nature

the qualities common to humanity
ordinary human behaviour, esp considered as less than perfect
(sociol) the unique elements that form a basic part of human life and distinguish it from other animal life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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