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 And workplaces simply need to be more humane, with employers and bosses treating their employees like trustworthy adults, not potentially naughty children in need of constant control and hyper-surveillance. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 1 June 2021 Done during egg-laying, when no development has begun, this is much more humane. Star Tribune, 8 May 2021 The arrangement is more humane, and it’s also more healthy, especially in a time of pandemic. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 Adding fentanyl to the process, lawyers maintained, would be far more humane, as would abandoning the injections for firing squads. Caroline Lester, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration has broken from the Trump administration in letting children into the United States to make good on the president’s promise to be more humane at the border. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 American Humane, the country's first and largest humane organization, made these reunions possible through its military program dedicated to protecting the dogs that serve the United States. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 26 May 2021 The funding sought by the Biden administration would be used for security technology, improvements at legal ports of entry and more humane treatment for migrants in federal custody. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 On Wall Street, Amazon increased its profits 84% in the last year but continued to deprive its workers of humane living conditions. Steve Vassallo, Forbes, 25 May 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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13 Jun 2021

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“Humane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humane. Accessed 19 Jun. 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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