Definition of humane in English:

humane

Line breaks: hu¦mane
Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmeɪn
 
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adjective

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.
Synonyms
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 effect on people: the humane education of literary study
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

humanely

adverb
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  • However, Australia can police its borders humanely, and effectively.
  • Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated.
  • Occasionally, we regrettably have to humanely destroy them.

humaneness

noun
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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.

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