Humane Hu*mane", a. [L. humanus: cf. F. humain. See {Human}.] 1. Pertaining to man; human. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the feelings and inclinations creditable to man; having a disposition to treat other human beings or animals with kindness; kind; benevolent. [1913 Webster]

Of an exceeding courteous and humane inclination. --Sportswood. [1913 Webster]

3. Humanizing; exalting; tending to refine.

Syn: Kind; sympathizing; benevolent; mild; compassionate; gentle; tender; merciful. -- {Hu*mane"ly}, adv. -- {Hu*mane"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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