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[in-hyoo-meyn or, often, -yoo-] /ˌɪn hyuˈmeɪn or, often, -yu-/
not humane; lacking humanity, kindness, compassion, etc.
Origin of inhumane
1590-1600; variant of inhuman; see in-3, humane
Related forms
inhumanely, adverb
Can be confused
inhuman, inhumane. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for inhumane
  • And if two die, officials say it would be inhumane to sustain an exhibit with a single elephant.
  • Several years later, a few courageous individuals began to protest the inhumane treatment of fat people and fat bodies.
  • Inside the prisons, this means inhumane overcrowding.
  • Animal welfare experts say the facility should be closed down because of its inhumane enclosures.
  • If effective, humane methods of reducing the current population are not soon found inhumane methods will be naturally applied.
  • What's inhumane is some of you complaining buttholes but purebreds from a breeder, rather than adopting an unwanted animal.
  • Of course, we'd have to discount the inhumane situation presented in the book first.
  • Report any inhumane treatment of animals you may witness to the local humane society.
  • The idea of a totally automated society seems pretty inhumane.
  • What was not predictable to me was the remarkably and exclusively nonhuman or inhumane focus of the discussion.
Word Origin and History for inhumane

late 15c., from Latin inhumanus (see inhuman). Originally a variant spelling and pronunciation of inhuman, it appears to have died out 17c. but been revived c.1822 as a negative form of humane.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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