humane

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English humain, humayne, from Old French humain, umain, from Latin hūmānus, from Latin homō (man). Cognate with Old English guma (man), whence the groom in English bridegroom.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /hjuːˈmeɪn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn
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Adjective[edit]

humane (comparative humaner or more humane, superlative humanest or 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.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt, Olympia Press:
      The unfortunate thing about Bando, said Arthur, is that it is no longer to be obtained in this unfortunate country. I understand that inferior products, such as Ostreine and Spanish Flies, may still be wheedled out of some of the humaner chemists, up and down the city, in the ten minutes or a quarter of an hour immediately following their midday meal.
  2. Pertaining to branches of learning concerned with human affairs or the humanities, especially classical literature or rhetoric.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 3, member 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
    • 1660, [Richard Allestree], “Sect[ion] V. Of the Second Advantage, Wealth.”, in The Gentlemans Calling, London: [] T[imothy] Garthwait [], OCLC 4643981, page 83:
      [N]o attempt is made to call in God to their reſcue, as if he vvere an idle unconcern'd ſpectator of humane affairs, or ſo inconſiderable an ally, as not to be vvorth the care of engaging him on their ſide.

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

humane

  1. definite singular of human
  2. plural of human

Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Adverb[edit]

humane

  1. humanely

German[edit]

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humane

  1. inflection of human:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hūmānus (humane, noble).

Adverb[edit]

hūmānē (comparative hūmānius, superlative hūmānissimē)

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

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  • humane”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • humane”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • humane in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to bear a thing with resignation, composure: humane, modice, moderate, sapienter, constanter ferre aliquid
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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humane

  1. definite singular of human
  2. plural of human

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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humane

  1. definite singular of human
  2. plural of human

Spanish[edit]

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humane

  1. inflection of humanar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Swedish[edit]

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humane

  1. absolute definite natural masculine singular of human.