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Definition marked by kindness — especially a motivation to reduce suffering of others or of animals
  • The Humane Society is working to eliminate cruelty to animals.
humane = marked by kindness — especially a motivation to reduce suffering of others or of animals
  • The chickens are not treated humanely. Their living conditions are inhumane.
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inhumane means not and reverses the meaning of humane. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • He was a fairly humane man toward slaves and other animals; he was an exceedingly humane man toward the erring of his own race.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • they are naturally going to want it produced in the cleanest, most humane and environmentally healthy ways.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • humane = marked by kindness
  • Wouldn't be humane if he did.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "I suppose you would hardly ask me to call you a humane man," returned the doctor with a sneer, "and so my feelings may surprise you, Master Silver.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • She took it all humanely.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "Because," shouted the cop, "it's going to be very intelligent, and quite interesting and humane!
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Lincoln's utter lack of personal malice during these years, his humane detachment, his tragic sense of life, have no parallel in political history.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • -Poison," she says, unflinching, "is unbelievably humane.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • How silly and childish of me, a humanely minded opponent of war though I was, to have been horrified by those pictures.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But artifice was necessary, he had found, for stemming the cold and inhumane blast of the world's contempt.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inhumane means not and reverses the meaning of humane. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • It will be more humane for the draccus and safer for us.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I know I have these unrealistic beliefs and thoughts, that the world can be peaceful, can be healthy, people can be humane.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Are you likely to be more humane to me than others were yesterday?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He regarded this wish for the dog's death as humane, for he could not bear, he told himself, to see anything suffer.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The negative is if it doesn't come off, if the humane society doesn't let me in the cage.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • "If you can manage to put up with me a little more humanely, I'll go on doing what I can for Mister Rufus."
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • Even when the humanity isn't very humane, or the heart ailment a disease.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Liberal SS circles felt it would be more humane.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49

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