Definition of humane
- humane prison guards
- a more humane way of treating farm animals
It's not humane to treat animals that way.
Conditions in the prison are more humane now.
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First Known Use: 1552See Words from the same year
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;
altruistic, brotherly, charitable, freehanded, generous, greathearted, humanitarian, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, noble, openhearted, philanthropic (also philanthropical), selfless, unselfish, unsparing;
: kind or gentle to people or animals
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