person hood

personhood

[pur-suhn-hood]
noun
1.
the state or fact of being a person.
2.
the state or fact of being an individual or having human characteristics and feelings: a harsh prison system that deprives prisoners of their personhood.

Origin:
1955–60; person + -hood

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personhood (ˈp£ːsənˌhʊd)
 
n
chiefly (US) the condition of being a person who is an individual with inalienable rights, esp under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States

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