Humane Definition

Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion.
A humane judge; a humane policy.
American Heritage
Having what are considered the best qualities of human beings; kind, tender, merciful, sympathetic, etc.
Webster's New World
Characterized by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns.
A humane education.
American Heritage
Civilizing; humanizing.
Humane learning.
Webster's New World

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.

Origin of Humane

  • Variant form of human, now preserved in specialized senses.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English humain human human

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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