humane

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant form of human, now preserved in specialized senses.

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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.
  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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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

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humane

  1. humanely

German[edit]

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humane

  1. inflected form of human

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hūmānus(humane, noble)

Adverb[edit]

hūmānē ‎(comparable hūmānius, superlative hūmānissimē)

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

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

humane

  1. singular definite of human
  2. plural of human

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

humane

  1. singular definite of human
  2. plural of human

Swedish[edit]

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humane

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of human.