hu·​mane | \ hyü-ˈmān How to pronounce humane (audio) , yü- \

Definition of humane

1 : marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals humane prison guards a more humane way of treating farm animals
2 : characterized by or tending to broad humanistic culture : humanistic humane studies

Other Words from humane

humanely adverb
humaneness \ hyü-​ˈmān-​nəs How to pronounce humane (audio) , yü-​ \ noun

Examples of humane in a Sentence

It's not humane to treat animals that way. Conditions in the prison are more humane now.
Recent Examples on the Web As the number of stray animals in the neighborhood has become more of an issue, the association created a lending library of humane traps and pet carriers and purchased a $300 microchip scanner to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 The humane bird abatement method is also employed at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 And beyond noble and humane ideals, a business has to make money. Frank Rojas, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Indeed, the author’s mother becomes a recurring character in this extraordinary exploration of selfhood, which blends humane sensitivity with acute philosophical insight. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 3 May 2022 The Humane Society transported the first dog from Ukraine across the border at the San Ysidro Point of Entry this weekend, and humane officers are available transfer more dogs as needed. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 In recognition of his civic endeavors, the University of San Francisco awarded Sarlo an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 21 Apr. 2022 By presenting himself as a humble, humane leader who could inspire his countrymen in a seemingly no-win fight, Zelensky instantly rallied the West to his side. Alen Bubich, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 Gardner could not be reached for comment Tuesday but said the Coliseum is working with animal control agencies to help tame the problem with a humane relocation program that might include inviting fans to adopt Coliseum kitties. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of humane

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for humane

Middle English humain

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20 May 2022

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“Humane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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hu·​mane | \ hyü-ˈmān How to pronounce humane (audio) , yü- \

Kids Definition of humane

: having sympathy and consideration for people or animals

Other Words from humane

humanely adverb

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