Meaning of personhood

per•son•hood

Pronunciation: (pûr'sun-hood"), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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