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inhumane

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adjective in·hu·mane \ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈmān, -(ˌ)yü-\

Simple Definition of inhumane

  • : not kind or gentle to people or animals : not humane

Full Definition of inhumane

  1. :  not humane :  inhuman 1 <the inhumane treatment of prisoners>

in·hu·mane·ly adverb

Examples of inhumane

  1. <inhumane wardens who regularly ignored the crying children in their care>

  2. <an inhumane dictator who tortured and murdered thousands of his own people>



Origin of inhumane

Middle French inhumain & Latin inhumanus


First Known Use: 1536


INHUMANE Defined for Kids

inhumane

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adjective in·hu·mane \ˌin-hyü-ˈmān, -yü-\

Definition of inhumane

  1. :  not kind or humane <They protested the inhumane treatment of prisoners.>





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