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

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 Supporters insist the measure is needed to ensure that livestock are kept in proper living conditions — such as with regular excursions outdoors, proper spacing in cages or other containment spaces — and are subject to humane methods of slaughter. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 24 Sep. 2022 So, much of California’s pork will come from out-of-state producers who aren’t using humane production methods. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 29 June 2022 The trend toward consolidation highlights a tension: Consumers are demanding farmers raise animals using more humane production methods. Elizabeth Elkin, Bloomberg.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Attorneys for the two men argued in legal filings that death by electrocution is cruel and unusual, saying the new law moves the state toward less humane execution methods. Arkansas Online, 20 Mar. 2022 Attorneys for the two men argued in legal filings that death by electrocution is cruel and unusual, saying the new law moves the state toward less humane execution methods. al, 19 Mar. 2022 Attorneys for the two men argued in legal filings that death by electrocution is cruel and unusual, saying the new law moves the state toward less humane execution methods. Fox News, 19 Mar. 2022 Attorneys for the two men argued in legal filings that death by electrocution is cruel and unusual, saying the new law moves the state toward less humane execution methods. Meg Kinnard, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2022 At my organization, American Humane, our mission is all about making a more humane world for people and animals. Robin Ganzert, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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29 Sep 2022

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“Humane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humane. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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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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