- characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed: humane treatment of prisoners.
- acting in a manner that causes the least harm to people or animals: humane trapping of stray pets.
- of or relating to humanistic studies.
Origin of humane
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Related Wordssympathetic, cordial, generous, benevolent, open-minded, humanitarian, unselfish, tolerant, approachable, gentle, merciful, forgiving, democratic, considerate, friendly, gracious, accommodating, altruistic, amiable, benign
Examples from the Web for humane
That is why I believe that you feel the value of this ethical and humane togetherness.Dear Turkish PM: It’s Time to Act to Save Kobani’s Kurds
October 8, 2014
“We have to be humane and we care about our patients but we are also not a prison,” the anonymous doctor said.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
It is framed, rightly so, as a painful act done in the service of being as humane and respectful as possible.Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth
September 10, 2014
The Humane Society is under attack by a PR firm that advises the American Kennel Association.
She says the Humane Society would like to enforce spay and neuter laws to the point where there would be no purebred dogs left.
"For humane reasons," Demarest commented, nodding approbation.Within the Law
The eventuality he had not foreseen had appalled him as a humane man and a fond husband.The Secret Agent
History will some day do him justice, for he was good, humane, and confiding.My Double Life
The shows will be given for the benefit of the Humane Society.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Hawkins and Drake were as devout and humane as other men of their time.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
- characterized by kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc
- inflicting as little pain as possiblea humane killing
- civilizing or liberal (esp in the phrases humane studies, humane education)
Word Origin and History for humane
mid-15c., variant of human (cf. german/germane, urban/urbane), used interchangeably with it until early 18c., by which time it had become a distinct word with sense of "having qualities befitting human beings." But inhuman still can be the opposite of humane. The Royal Humane Society (founded 1774) was originally to rescue drowning persons. Such societies had turned to animal care by late 19c.