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 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 The license that had to be purchased by the pet stores would have paid for enforcement of the procedure to make sure breeders used humane methods. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Aurora committee may recommend Humane Ordinance for pet sales in the city," 5 May 2021 The latest season began airing in late March and continues its depiction of Iran’s intelligence operatives as resourceful, dashing and humane. Washington Post, "Iran’s hard-liners step up attacks on Rouhani government, sowing suspicion over nuclear talks," 4 May 2021 As every chance at freedom becomes a new prison, Railroad's humane horror offers more sympathy than hope. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Underground Railroad review: An ambitious American odyssey, compelling even when it's flawed," 4 May 2021 Pet friendly: The best way to end animal neglect, abuse and abandonment is through humane education — especially among children. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Parents who help trans kids transition could face charges," 29 Apr. 2021 Fifteen cats were found shot to death among more than 30 that were abandoned in western Wisconsin, according to humane society officials. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "15 cats found shot to death among more than 30 abandoned in western Wisconsin," 29 Apr. 2021 The dump at Fresh Kills, in Moses’s view, was a humane intervention. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Yorker, "The History of New York, Told Through Its Trash," 24 Apr. 2021 Both of his works have called for more humane conversations on the immigration debate. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "George W. Bush says he's 'deeply concerned' for 'women and girls' in Afghanistan following Biden troop withdrawal pledge," 20 Apr. 2021 The only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate reflects on the shattering impact of the previous administration’s family-separation agenda and explains why family reunification must be the humane cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy. Glamour, "Mazie K. Hirono’s Memoir Is an Epic, Heart-Tugging Journey," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Humane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humane. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from humane

humanely adverb

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