: marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals
— hu·mane·ly adverb
— hu·mane·ness \-ˈmān-nəs\ noun
Examples of HUMANE
- It's not humane to treat animals that way.
- Conditions in the prison are more humane now.
Origin of HUMANE
Middle English humain
First Known Use: 1552
Related to HUMANE
- beneficent, benevolent, benignant, compassionate, good-hearted, kind, kindhearted, kindly, softhearted, sympathetic, tender, tenderhearted, warmhearted
- atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, bestial, brutal, brute, brutish, callous, cold-blooded, cruel, fiendish, hard-hearted, heartless, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, sadistic, savage, truculent, uncompassionate, unfeeling, unkind, unkindly, unsympathetic, vicious, wanton
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