from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion: a humane judge.
- adj. Marked by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns: a humane education.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having or showing concern for the pain or suffering of another; compassionate.
- adj. Pertaining to branches of learning concerned with human affairs or the humanities, especially classical literature or rhetoric.
- adj. Obsolete spelling of human.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to man; human.
- adj. Having the feelings and inclinations creditable to man; having a disposition to treat other human beings or animals with kindness; kind; benevolent.
- adj. Humanizing; exalting; tending to refine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to man; human. See human, a.
- Profane; secular. See human, a., 2.
- Having the feelings and inclinations proper to man; having tenderness, compassion, and a disposition to treat other human beings and the lower animals with kindness; kind; benevolent.
- Tending to humanize or refine: applied to the elegant or polite branches of literature, especially philology, rhetoric, poetry, and the study of the ancient classics. See humanity, 5.
- Synonyms Humane, Merciful; tender, tender-hearted, kind-hearted, compassionate, sympathetic. Humane differs from the ordinary use of merciful in that it expresses active endeavors to find and relieve suffering, and especially to prevent it, while merciful expresses the disposition to spare one the suffering which might be inflicted. The good Samaritan was humane; Shylock should have been merciful; the Royal Humane Society; a merciful judge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
- adj. showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement
- adj. pertaining to or concerned with the humanities
Middle English humain, human; see human.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant form of human, now preserved in specialized senses. (Wiktionary)