Definition of humane in English:


Line breaks: hu¦mane
Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmeɪn


  • 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.



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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.


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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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