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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Wildlife officials encourage the removal or humane killing of the Burmese python to reduce its impact on the environment. Fox News, "Massive 16-foot python with nest of 50 eggs removed from Florida Everglades," 9 July 2019 For Europeans opposed to such practices, finding a more humane solution might turn out to be even more difficult than for Democrats in the United States. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "On migration, Europe can’t claim the moral high ground," 9 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter In New York, awareness of the high costs of incarceration has spurred demand for more humane spaces. The Economist, "A jail in Denver offers some lessons for criminal-justice reformers," 28 June 2019 That is not really, by any standard, a humane response. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Americans Can't Admit Concentration Camps Exist in the U.S. Because They're Shameless," 20 June 2019 To read it again has been to discover the humane beauty of the non-sci-fi parts, which make up most of the book. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "What Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” Tells Us Now," 13 June 2019 The most frightening and humane worry is that Durant might never be the same again. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019 Regardless, here are some natural and humane ways to keep rabbits out of your garden: Build a fence. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden," 30 Jan. 2019 The Senate bill, however, does not contain most of the strictures that House Democrats are demanding to ensure humane treatment of migrant children in U.S. custody. San Diego Union-Tribune, "House approves $4.5-billion bill to aid migrant care crisis at the border," 26 June 2019

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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

Other Words from humane

humanely adverb

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