Humane meaning

hyo͝o-mān
Having what are considered the best qualities of human beings; kind, tender, merciful, sympathetic, etc.
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The definition of humane is a kind, tender and compassionate person.

An example of humane is someone who stops to help push a person's car that has stopped in the middle of the road.

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Characterized by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns.

A humane education.

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Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion.

A humane judge; a humane policy.

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Civilizing; humanizing.

Humane learning.

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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.

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Pertaining to branches of learning concerned with human affairs or the humanities, especially classical literature or rhetoric.
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Origin of humane

  • Middle English humain human human

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

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

    From Wiktionary