Definitions for humanehyuˈmeɪn or, often, yu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hu•manehyuˈmeɪn or, often, yu-(adj.)

  1. characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for other beings, esp. for the suffering or distressed.

  2. of or pertaining to humanistic studies.

Origin of humane:

1500–50; orig. stress var. of human , restricted to above senses from 18th cent.; cf. germane , german


Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanist, humanistic, humane(adj)

    pertaining to or concerned with the humanities

    "humanistic studies"; "a humane education"

  2. humane(adj)

    marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering

  3. humane(adj)

    showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. humane(adjective)ˈmeɪn or, often, yu-

    treating people and animals with kindness and fairness

    the humane treatment of animals


  1. humane(Adjective)

    Having regard for the health and well-being of another; compassionate.

    It is no longer considered humane to perform vivisection on research animals.

  2. humane(Adjective)

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

  3. Origin: Variant form of human, now preserved in specialized senses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humane(adj)

    pertaining to man; human

  2. Humane(adj)

    having the feelings and inclinations creditable to man; having a disposition to treat other human beings or animals with kindness; kind; benevolent

  3. Humane(adj)

    humanizing; exalting; tending to refine

Translations for humane

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


kind; not cruel

a humane man; a humane way to kill rats and mice.

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