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.

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human nature
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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Example sentences
When their affair comes to light, the darker side of human nature revels itself
  in shocking ways.
The cargo cult is about the one unchanging, constant and universal fact: human
Socialism, then, does not depend on some miraculous change in human nature.
But he simply doesn't care about accuracy and has an astonishingly naive view
  of the goodness of human nature.
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