Definition of humane adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//hjuːˈmeɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//hjuːˈmeɪn//
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showing kindness towards people and animals by making sure that they do not suffer more than is necessary a caring and humane society the humane treatment of refugees Campaigners claim that the animals are not being kept in humane conditions. the humane killing of animals opposite inhumane Word Originlate Middle English: the earlier form of human, restricted to the senses above in the 18th cent.Extra examples The animals must be reared in humane conditions. There have been calls for more humane methods of trapping the animals. These regulations ensure the humane treatment of all refugees.
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