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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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  • 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


(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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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Word Origin and History for personhood

1878, from person + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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