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.
- hu·mane·ly, adverb
- hu·mane·ness, noun
- un·hu·mane, adjective
- un·hu·mane·ly, adverb
- un·hu·mane·ness, noun
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How to use humane in a sentence
She also has taken a new approach to some nonviolent offenses that she said would not only be more humane, but would free resources for fighting violent crimes.As Trump Calls for Law and Order, Can Chicago’s Top Prosecutor Beat the Charge That She’s Soft on Crime? | by Mick Dumke | September 4, 2020 | ProPublica
Pandemic prevention aside, the use of this kind of vaccine could also provide more humane control of rabies, because culling bats is currently the go-to method of keeping the disease at bay in South America.Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics? | Rodrigo Pérez Ortega | August 24, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Despite all these efforts, questions remain as to whether biotech can ever dramatically reduce the industry’s emissions or afford humane treatment to captive animals in resource-intensive operations.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed? | Dyllan Furness | August 16, 2020 | Singularity Hub
“I want to see people unify, regardless of differences, to win a humane balance for these otherwise voiceless souls,” said Maitely Weismann, who formed the group.No Visitors Leading to Despair and Isolation in Senior Care Homes | Jared Whitlock | July 28, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
This solution is fair, it’s humane and most important, it will provide all schools with the funds they need to open safely in the fall.New State Budget Will Do Irreparable Harm to Schools | Alec Patton | June 29, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The change is an unalloyed good: It makes us more humane and our relationships more real.
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 | Bahman Ghobani | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We have to be humane and we care about our patients but we are also not a prison,” the anonymous doctor said.
And into the fray comes a weapon I never thought would have been legal, let alone humane—something called Knee Defender.For Short Men in 2014, The News Is Surprisingly Good | Kevin Bleyer | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is framed, rightly so, as a painful act done in the service of being as humane and respectful as possible.
But the rebels, presumably interpreting his humane suggestion as a sign of weakness, continued to fire on the Spanish troops.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
There were semi-savage native chiefs, and there were others, like Aguinaldo himself, with humane instincts.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
But this is not a humane and civilised nation, and never will be while it accepts Christianity as its religion.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
It was a good and humane action to prevent bloodshed, but the world is not always worthy of good actions.
But would it not be more humane and more charitable to foresee the misery and to prevent the poor from increasing?Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
British Dictionary definitions for humane
characterized by kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc
inflicting as little pain as possible: a humane killing
civilizing or liberal (esp in the phrases humane studies, humane education)
- humanely, adverb
- humaneness, noun
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