adjective \hyü-ˈmān, yü-\

: kind or gentle to people or animals

Full Definition of HUMANE

:  marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals
:  characterized by or tending to broad humanistic culture :  humanistic <humane studies>
hu·mane·ly adverb
hu·mane·ness \-ˈmān-nəs\ noun

Examples of HUMANE

  1. It's not humane to treat animals that way.
  2. Conditions in the prison are more humane now.

Origin of HUMANE

Middle English humain
First Known Use: 1552


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