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

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 Join all of us on E Street and @glblctzn as we #StandUpForUkraine, and stand up for those displaced globally because everyone deserves safe and humane living conditions. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 8 Apr. 2022 Dozens of Bay Area Afghan community members and supporters gathered on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt on Sunday and demanded that the U.S. government deploy a safe and humane exit strategy during a chaotic exodus of people fleeing Afghanistan. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Aug. 2021 Now is the time for Washington to finally figure out a sensible, orderly and humane way to move immigration reform forward. Andrew Tisch, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The companies will also not accept advertising money or book experiences that violate certain humane standards, such as physical interactions with captive wild or endangered species (with a few exceptions) or performances that demean the animals. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 As a member of the Global Compact, with over 1,000 food products for national and international consumption, Pif Paf has been a leader in the humane handling of animals on farms and their journey to slaughter. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Yet the National Pork Producers Council continues to spend on lawsuits challenging humane-sales laws like Massachusetts’. WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022 The program teaches the tricks of baiting and setting humane traps and includes a list of low-cost clinics and instruction on how to transport cats safely. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 Experts determined that euthanizing the creature was the most humane thing to do. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'humane.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of humane

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for humane

Middle English humain

Learn More About humane

Dictionary Entries Near humane

human contact


human ecology

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for humane

Last Updated

17 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Humane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for humane


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

More from Merriam-Webster on humane

Nglish: Translation of humane for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of humane for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!