[hyoo-meyn or, often, yoo-]
characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed: humane treatment of horses.
of or pertaining to humanistic studies.

orig. stress variant of human, restricted to above senses from 18th century; cf. germane, german

humanely, adverb
humaneness, noun
overhumane, adjective
unhumane, adjective
unhumanely, adverb
unhumaneness, noun

human, humane (see synonym study at human).

1. merciful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, tender, compassionate, gentle, sympathetic; benevolent, benignant, charitable. See human.

1. brutal. Unabridged
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humane (hjuːˈmeɪn)
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)
[C16: variant of human]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., variant of human, used interchangeably with it until early 18c., when it began to be a distinct word with sense of "having qualities befitting human beings." But inhuman still can be the opposite of humane. The Royal Humane Society (founded 1774) was originally to rescue drowning persons.
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Example sentences
If population is not reduced humanely, it will be reduced inhumanely.
In addition, any squid killed for stomach or statolith is done quickly and as
  humanely as possible.
Everyone is encouraged to relay as much as possible about the event to the
  online audiences in as real-time as humanely possible.
The act requires research facilities to care for the animals humanely.
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