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humane

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Variant form of human, now preserved in specialized senses.

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humane (comparative more humane, superlative most humane)

  1. Having or showing concern for the pain or suffering of another; compassionate.
    It is no longer considered humane to perform vivisection on research animals.
    As methods of execution go, beheading is more humane than drawing and quartering.
  2. Pertaining to branches of learning concerned with human affairs or the humanities, especially classical literature or rhetoric.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.7:
      many divine precepts to counterpoise our hearts, special antidotes both in scriptures and humane authors, which who so will observe, shall purchase much ease and quietness unto himself.
  3. Obsolete spelling of human.

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EsperantoEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /huˈmane/
  • Hyphenation: hu‧ma‧ne

AdverbEdit

humane

  1. humanely

GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

humane

  1. inflected form of human

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From hūmānus (humane, noble)

AdverbEdit

hūmānē (comparative hūmānius, superlative hūmānissimē)

  1. humanly, in a human manner.
  2. humanely, kindly, politely; in a humane manner.

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  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

humane

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of human.