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human nature

noun
1.
the psychological and social qualities that characterize humankind, especially in contrast with other living things.
2.
Sociology. the character of human conduct, generally regarded as produced by living in primary groups.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45
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British Dictionary definitions for human nature

human nature

noun
1.
the qualities common to humanity
2.
ordinary human behaviour, esp considered as less than perfect
3.
(sociol) the unique elements that form a basic part of human life and distinguish it from other animal life
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