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[pur-suh n-hoo d] /ˈpɜr sənˌhʊd/
the state or fact of being a person.
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 of personhood
1955-60; person + -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the spectrum of personhood, they're not far from people.
  • But human rights and personhood cannot thus be walled off with good results.
  • If the personhood measure does become law, they would almost certainly be banned.
  • Gum-brains, if it ain't born it has zero legal personhood.
  • Buck, however, is waffling on the personhood amendment.
  • He calls these things signs of the rise of personhood and self.
British Dictionary definitions for personhood


(mainly 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for personhood

1878, from person + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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