humane

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌhjuːˈmeɪn/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/hjuˈmeɪn/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hyo̅o̅ mān or, often, yo̅o̅-)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hu•mane /hyuˈmeɪn/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. having or showing the qualities of tenderness, kindness, and compassion:was humane in his treatment of the prisoners.
  2. of or relating to humanistic studies.
hu•mane•ly, adv. 
hu•mane•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hu•mane  (hyo̅o̅ mān or, often, yo̅o̅-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, esp. for the suffering or distressed:humane treatment of horses.
  2. of or pertaining to humanistic studies.
hu•manely, adv. 
hu•maneness, n. 
  • compare germane, german origin, originally stress variant of human, restricted to above senses from 18th century
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged merciful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, tender, compassionate, gentle, sympathetic;
      benevolent, benignant, charitable. See  human. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged brutal.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
humane /hjuːˈmeɪn/ adj
  1. characterized by kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc
  2. inflicting as little pain as possible: a humane killing
  3. civilizing or liberal (esp in the phrases humane studies, humane education)
Etymology: 16th Century: variant of human

huˈmanely adv huˈmaneness n
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