Definition of humane in English:

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Pronunciation: /(h)yo͞oˈmān/


1Having or showing compassion or benevolence: regulations ensuring the humane treatment of animals
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  • These were the sort of things that tend to blur the clear perception of the visionary - troublesome motes like compassion and humane understanding and social concern.
  • She assured him that she and her colleagues would adopt a compassionate and humane approach to all such cases.
  • A new understanding of animal rights and humane animal treatment was what led him to become an activist and environmentalist, Mason said.
compassionate, kind, considerate, understanding, sympathetic, tolerant;
lenient, forbearing, forgiving, merciful, mild, gentle, tender, clement, benign, humanitarian, benevolent, charitable;
caring, solicitous;
warmhearted, tenderhearted, softhearted
1.1Inflicting the minimum of pain: humane methods of killing
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  • The patch has been found to be highly effective in treating pain in humans, and it may prove to be a more humane pain relief procedure for cats.
  • But I am willing to put my concerns to one side if a humane stunning could be inflicted on the animal prior to its slaughter.
  • All of the evidence is that a quick death by dogs is the most humane method available.
2 formal (Of a branch of learning) intended to have a civilizing or refining effect on people: the center emphasizes economics as a humane discipline
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  • Transmitters of humane learning and values, Canadian universities had become responsible for the spread of Canadian civilization.
  • Those scientists who did not come from the socially privileged classes had even more to gain by establishing reputations as men of humane learning.
  • Without adequate monitoring, it is difficult to ensure that materials provided to schools embody the true principles of humane education.



Pronunciation: /(h)yo͞oˈmānnəs/
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  • It infuses a spike of excellence, emotional development, humaneness and self discipline.
  • More than any other famous person, she captured the hearts of people with her simplicity and humaneness.
  • ‘Peter understands as well as anyone that success in an organization needn't ever come at the sacrifice of humaneness,’ he says.


Late Middle English: the earlier form of human, restricted to the senses above in the 18th century.

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Syllabification: hu·mane

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