humane

adjective
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

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Other Words from humane

humanely adverb
humaneness \ hyü-​ˈmān-​nəs How to pronounce humaneness (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.

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Both vaccines are standard core vaccines at the vet, and should be kept up to date throughout your pet’s life, according to the humane society. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to protect your pets from parvo and distemper," 8 June 2019 The humane society is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization with a vision to end animal suffering, according to its website. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "DPS trooper adopts kitten thrown from car on Mesa freeway. And yes, he's named Trooper," 7 June 2019 Flex workers, meanwhile, have no collective bargaining power and little, if any, means to advocate for higher wages or more humane working conditions. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 White House officials and Republican lawmakers have previously cited a 1997 settlement of a class-action lawsuit, in which the government agreed to detain children under humane conditions and release them promptly. Linda Qiu, New York Times, "Key Moments in Trump’s Interview on ‘Fox and Friends,’ With Fact Checks," 15 June 2018 The push for change comes because lethal injection, introduced 40 years ago as more efficient and humane than the electric chair or gas chamber, has not met that promise. Author: Denise Grady, Jan Hoffman, Anchorage Daily News, "States turn to an unproven method of execution: nitrogen gas," 8 May 2018 O’Rourke’s progressive platform prioritizing education, a humane immigration system, and health care garnered him national attention as a rising star in the Democratic Party. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018 As Timmer wrote in September: Science Fair makes clear that its subjects are humane, working on things like simple testing for arsenic in water, a defense against Zika virus, or a better understanding of at-risk teens. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The sweeping new bill offers better access to period products and more humane treatment of pregnant women in incarceration. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This New Criminal Justice Bill Could Finally Give Incarcerated Women the Period Products They Need," 19 Dec. 2018

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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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humane

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of humane

: kind or gentle to people or animals

humane

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

Kids Definition of humane

: having sympathy and consideration for people or animals

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humanely adverb

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