Definitions for personhood

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•son*ˈpɜr sən(n.)

  1. a human being; a man, woman, or child.

  2. a human being as distinguished from an animal or a thing.

  3. the actual self or individual personality of a human being.

  4. the body of a living human being, sometimes including the clothes being worn:

    He had no money on his person.

  5. the body in its external aspect.

  6. a human being or other entity, as a partnership or corporation, recognized by law as having rights and duties.

    Category: Law

  7. a grammatical category applied esp. to pronouns and verbs, used to distinguish between the speaker of an utterance, the person addressed, and other people or things spoken about.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare first person, second person, third person.

  8. any of the three modes of being in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

    Category: Religion

Idioms for person:

  1. in person,in one's own bodily presence; personally.

    Category: Idiom

  2. one's own person,free from restrictions or influence; independent:

    Now that she's working, she feels that she's her own person.

* Usage: See individual, party, people.

Origin of person:

1175–1225; ME persone < L persōna role (in life, a play, or a tale) (LL: member of the Trinity), orig. actor's mask < Etruscan phersu (< Gk prósōpa face, mask) +-na a suffix



  1. a combining form of person , replacing in existing compound words such paired, sex-specific forms as -man and -woman or -er1 and -ess:

    salesperson; waitperson.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix, Usage Note

* Usage.: The -person compounds are used, esp. by the media and in government and business communications, to avoid the -man compounds (anchorman; businessman) for individuals of either sex or the -woman compounds (anchorwoman; businesswoman) to specify the individual's sex. Some find the new -person compounds unnecessary, regarding the long-used compounds in -man as generic, not sex-marked. Alternatives to some of the -person forms have won acceptance, as anchor and chair; other coinages, as congressmember, have had only marginal use. See also -ess, lady, -man, -woman.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. personhood(noun)

    being a person

    "finding her own personhood as a campus activist"


  1. personhood(Noun)

    The state or period of being a person.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Personhood

    The state or condition of being a human individual accorded moral and/or legal rights. Criteria to be used to determine this status are subject to debate, and range from the requirement of simply being a human organism to such requirements as that the individual be self-aware and capable of rational thought and moral agency.

Anagrams of personhood

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