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personhood

[pur-suh n-hoo d] /ˈpɜr sənˌhʊd/
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 of personhood
1955-1960
1955-60; person + -hood
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  • Nursing has long been associated with the idea of mothering, when mothering is understood as nurturing the personhood of another.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • personhood is being authentic, being who I am as caring person in the moment.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • Does the nurse seek enhancement of personhood in the nursing situation?

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • This process requires that students be encouraged to live fully their personhood.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • Authentic presence may be understood simply as one's intentionally being there with another in the fullness of one's personhood.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for personhood

personhood

/ˈp£ːsənˌhʊd/
noun
1.
(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
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Word Origin and History for personhood
n.

1878, from person + -hood.

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