Definitions for personhood
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word personhood
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a human being; a man, woman, or child.
a human being as distinguished from an animal or a thing.
the actual self or individual personality of a human being.
the body of a living human being, sometimes including the clothes being worn:
He had no money on his person.
the body in its external aspect.
a human being or other entity, as a partnership or corporation, recognized by law as having rights and duties.
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.
Ref: Compare first person, second person, third person.
any of the three modes of being in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Idioms for person:
in person,in one's own bodily presence; personally.
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
a combining form of person , replacing in existing compound words such paired, sex-specific forms as -man and -woman or -er1 and -ess:
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.
being a person
"finding her own personhood as a campus activist"
The state or period of being a person.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
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