An example of humane is someone who stops to help push a person's car that has stopped in the middle of the road.
- having what are considered the best qualities of human beings; kind, tender, merciful, sympathetic, etc.
- civilizing; humanizing: humane learning
Origin of humaneearlier variant, variety of human, now usually associated, association directly with Classical Latin humanus
- Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion: a humane judge; a humane policy.
- Characterized by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns: a humane education.
Origin of humaneMiddle English humain, human; see human.
(comparative more humane, superlative most humane)
- Having or showing concern for the pain or suffering of another; compassionate.
- It is no longer considered humane to perform vivisection on research animals.
- As methods of execution go, beheading is more humane than drawing and quartering.
- Pertaining to branches of learning concerned with human affairs or the humanities, especially classical literature or rhetoric.
Variant form of human, now preserved in specialized senses.