in·​hu·​mane | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hyü-ˈmān How to pronounce inhumane (audio) , -(ˌ)yü- \

Definition of inhumane

: not humane : inhuman sense 1 the inhumane treatment of prisoners

Other Words from inhumane

inhumanely adverb

Examples of inhumane in a Sentence

inhumane wardens who regularly ignored the crying children in their care an inhumane dictator who tortured and murdered thousands of his own people
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans say Biden's policies encourage migrants to vanish into the U.S.; Democrats argue the Trump-era policy of forcing migrants to wait out their asylum cases in Mexico was inhumane. Ashraf Khalil, ajc, 15 Sep. 2022 Fernandes said the transport of undocumented migrants on a moment’s notice was inhumane. Tonya Alanez,, 14 Sep. 2022 The facility's animals faced needless suffering and inhumane treatment, the DOJ alleged in its suit. Allison Elyse Gualtieri, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2022 Their combative lyrics tackled social issues, mocked the U.S. border patrol for their often inhumane treatment against immigrants, and chronicled life in between the first and developing nations. Isabela Raygoza,, 1 Sep. 2022 The officer told Fernandez that shooting a cat with a pellet gun was inhumane, and he could be charged with animal cruelty. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 22 Aug. 2022 The members of Congress argued the policy was inhumane and that the government was misusing public health measures to unfairly expel migrants. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, spurred by years of complaints and protests from former students and their descendants, found that conditions in those institutions were often inhumane. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 The difference between early colonial law and British law is made clear in the prohibition on the one hand of bodily punishments that are inhumane, barbarous, or cruel, and on the other hand, the sort of death that would be suffered by Peters. Marilynne Robinson, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inhumane

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inhumane

Middle French inhumain & Latin inhumanus

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“Inhumane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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in·​hu·​mane | \ ˌin-hyü-ˈmān How to pronounce inhumane (audio) , -yü- \

Kids Definition of inhumane

: not kind or humane They protested the inhumane treatment of prisoners.

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