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Definitions for humane
hyuˈmeɪn or, often, yu-hu·mane

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanist, humanistic, humaneadjective

    pertaining to or concerned with the humanities

    "humanistic studies"; "a humane education"

  2. humaneadjective

    marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering

  3. humaneadjective

    showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement


  1. humaneadjective

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

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

  2. humaneadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HUMANEadjective

    Kind; civil; benevolent; good-natured.

    Etymology: humaine, French.

    Love of others, if it be not spent upon a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Envy, malice, covetousness and revenge are abolished: a new race of virtues and graces, more divine, more moral, more humane, are planted in their stead. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.


  1. humane

    Humane refers to showing compassion, kindness, empathy, or consideration toward other beings, and avoiding causing harm or suffering. This term is often associated with the fair, merciful, respectful, and ethical treatment of animals or people.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humaneadjective

    pertaining to man; human

  2. Humaneadjective

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

  3. Humaneadjective

    humanizing; exalting; tending to refine

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humane

    hū-mān′, adj. having the feelings proper to man: kind: tender: merciful.—adv. Humane′ly.—n. Humane′ness, kindness: tenderness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humane in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of humane in a Sentence

  1. Tim Walz:

    I wont patronize you as a white man about living those experiences... but I am asking you to help us, help us use humane ways to get the streets to aplace where we can restore the justice so that those who are expressing rage and anger and demanding justice are heard, not those who throw fire bombs into businesses.

  2. Ethical Traveler report:

    By spending travel dollars in forward-thinking countries, explorers can reward the good guys -- and encourage humane practices worldwide.

  3. Ren Leppens:

    Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low, the remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales' deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanize.

  4. Jon Michael Raasch:

    Those who do not have a legal basis to remain will be quickly removed, and so we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws in a fair, orderly and humane manner.

  5. Mayor Mike Elliott:

    Gassing, in my opinion, is not a humane way of policing.

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    an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
    A elation
    B whitewash
    C sweep
    D hunch

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