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Definition of "humane" []

  • Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion: a humane judge. (adjective)
  • Marked by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns: a humane education. (adjective)
  • Characterized by kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Inflicting as little pain as possible (adjective)
  • Civilizing or liberal (esp in the phrases humane studies, humane education) (adjective)

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Use "humane" in a sentence
  • "Lyman focuses on the term humane meat, asking if killing can be humane and asserting that the only reason we eat meat is because we have an addiction to fat."
  • "On the campaign trail, latest GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich came under fire for using the word "humane" in a debate answer about illegal immigration and suggesting we should adopt a policy to avoid tearing apart families."
  • "Chances are, if you get into a conversation about the conditions in which animals are raised for food in the United States, you will hear the word "humane" sooner or later."