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humane

[hyoo-meyn or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmeɪn or, often, yu-/
adjective
1.
characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed:
humane treatment of horses.
2.
of or pertaining to humanistic studies.
Origin
orig. stress variant of human, restricted to above senses from 18th century; cf. germane, german
Related forms
humanely, adverb
humaneness, noun
overhumane, adjective
unhumane, adjective
unhumanely, adverb
unhumaneness, noun
Can be confused
human, humane (see synonym study at human)
Synonyms
1. merciful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, tender, compassionate, gentle, sympathetic; benevolent, benignant, charitable. See human.
Antonyms
1. brutal.
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British Dictionary definitions for humaneness's

humane

/hjuːˈmeɪn/
adjective
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)
Derived Forms
humanely, adverb
humaneness, noun
Word Origin
C16: variant of human
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Word Origin and History for humaneness's

humane

adj.

mid-15c., variant of human (cf. german/germane, urban/urbane), used interchangeably with it until early 18c., by which time it had become 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. Such societies had turned to animal care by late 19c.

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