hu·mane | \ hyü-ˈmān , 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

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Other words from humane

humanely adverb
humaneness \hyü-ˈmān-nəs, 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.

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But managing time spent in apps is smallest part of the humane technology movement. NBC News, "Instagram's 'caught up' joins movement to set limit on screentime," 12 July 2018 Residents may think relocation is a more humane solution, but ultimately this doesn’t solve the problem. Aditi Shrikant,, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 But unlike other conservative politicians in Europe, Merkel has attempted to bridge the divide between a humane response to immigration and the skepticism of such a response among her right-wing base. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A tale of two photos: Trump and Merkel’s very different stances on immigration," 25 June 2018 The Zero Tolerance Policy Could Damage Children for Life This isn’t just a legal issue but a human, and humane, one, according to medical professionals. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Here Are the Facts About Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy," 19 June 2018 Congress could then use the opportunity to build a more humane and equitable immigration system. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Cruelty Is Trump’s Only Immigration Policy," 31 May 2018 Treatment reduces recidivism of criminal offenders and is the humane approach for progressive communities. Scott Maxwell,, "15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?," 24 May 2018 Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews Anil Dash, an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry., "Anil Dash Talks About Tech Industry Ethics," 28 Dec. 2017 But seeing the fallout of this practice has made me seek more humane intervention. Esther Perel, Redbook, "The Other Woman Deserves Sympathy Too," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of humane

: kind or gentle to people or animals


hu·mane | \ hyü-ˈmān , yü- \

Kids Definition of humane

: having sympathy and consideration for people or animals

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humanely adverb

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