humane

A humane person is one who shows great compassion and caring for others, including animals, and who tries whenever possible to alleviate another's suffering.

The idea of being humane is linked to a higher level of a person's character. While the word is derived from the word human, the sad fact is that a person can be human without being humane. Britain's Royal Humane Society, created in 1774 to rescue drowning people, focuses on recognizing acts of human bravery. In the United States, however, the Humane Society works to eliminate cruelty to animals. Still, both focus on kindness and the humane care of others.

Definitions of humane
  1. adjective
    marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
    Synonyms:
    civilised, civilized
    having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
    compassionate
    showing or having compassion
    human
    having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings
    child-centered
    designed to promote a child's personal qualities rather than to provide training or information
    human-centered, human-centred, humanist, humanistic, humanitarian
    marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare
    merciful
    showing or giving mercy
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    Antonyms:
    inhumane
    lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion
    barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious
    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    beastly, bestial, brutal, brute, brutish
    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
    cannibalic
    marked by barbarity suggestive of a cannibal; rapaciously savage
    cold, cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate
    without compunction or human feeling
    pitiless, unkind
    deficient in humane and kindly feelings
    painful
    causing physical or psychological pain
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  2. adjective
    showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement
    Synonyms:
    civilised, civilized
    having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
  3. adjective
    pertaining to or concerned with the humanities
    “a humane education”
    synonyms: humanist, humanistic
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