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personhood Line breaks: per¦son|hood
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːs(ə)nhʊd/

Definition of personhood in English:


[mass noun]
The quality or condition of being an individual person: his personhood is more important than his gayness
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  • Historically, Kant is the most noted defender of personhood as the quality that makes a being valuable and thus morally considerable.
  • Clothing signals humanity and incites conceptions of dignity, personhood, and bodily integrity.
  • It is central to the notion of personhood and community and is not something from which an individual can easily withdraw.

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