Natural Person – a human being


1. A human being.  — aka natural person.

2. The living body of a human being <contraband found on the smuggler’s person>

3. See artificial person. [1]

1. A human being, naturally born, versus a legally generated juridical person. [2]

1. As the term is used in the law, either an individual or an organization; that is, either a human woman, man, or child (a natural person), or a corporation or other artificial person.  Thus, depending upon the statutory or constitutional provision under consideration, a person may be, in addition to a human being or a corporation, a partnership, an association, a municipality, or a government, among other entities.  Only persons possess legal rights.  People whom the law recognizes as persons include aliens, illegitimate children, and minors. Although unborn children are not persons within the meaning of the law, rights nonetheless attach to the unborn.  See life; personhood.  Also see abortion; wrongful birth; wrongful pregnancy. 

2. Also in the language of the law, a party. [2]

See also:

Artificial Person – has rights but not privileges or immunities, and may be held liable. (i.e. – corporations, governmental bodies).


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Second Edition Online, “NATURAL PERSON”:

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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