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.

Primary Meanings of humane

1.
adj
marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
2.
adj
pertaining to or concerned with the humanities
Full Definitions of humane
1

adj 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
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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adj showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement

Synonyms:
civilised, civilized
having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
2

adj pertaining to or concerned with the humanities

“a humane education”
Synonyms:
humanist, humanistic

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