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

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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 Watch John Oliver refute the several ridiculous justifications for inhumane treatment above. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 14 June 2021 Most importantly, this type of gradated treatment is inhumane. Ashley Andreou, Scientific American, 7 June 2021 Stokes’ wife and father attended the protest, with his father James Stokes saying his son’s treatment was inhumane. Dennis Pillion |, al, 7 May 2021 Civil rights activists argued that the institutions were inhumane. Sarah E. Ryan, Time, 20 Apr. 2021 Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers worked on the bill that would end the demonizing, inhumane practice. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 The legislation would have revamped a law enacted nearly 15 years ago to prevent inhumane tethering. Emily Caldwell, Dallas News, 22 June 2021 Across the country, prisoners are being subjected to inhumane temperatures that make those with heat sensitivities at even higher risk of complications. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 14 June 2021 Private ownership of tigers and other big cats has long been criticized by animal advocates as reckless and inhumane. Faith Karimi, CNN, 13 May 2021

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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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26 Jul 2021

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“Inhumane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inhumane

: not kind or gentle to people or animals : not humane


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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