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1. Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion: a humane judge; a humane policy.
2. Characterized by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns: a humane education.

[Middle English humain, human; see human.]

hu·mane′ly adv.
hu·mane′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humaneness - the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
humanity - the quality of being humane
mercifulness, mercy - a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
inhumaneness, inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
رَأفَه، عَطْف، حَنان
ember ség
mánnúî, miskunnsemi


[hjuːˈmeɪnnɪs] Nhumanidad f


(hjuˈmein) adjective
kind; not cruel. a humane man; a humane way to kill rats and mice.
huˈmanely adverb
huˈmaneness noun
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And when she put it down it'd perform the trick all right all right, while the audience applauded its silly head off for the kindness and humaneness she'd shown.
Though we may respond with shock to the loss of such a vital person, we can also be grateful for what he has left us: a body of work as distinguished for its acuity, humaneness, and imagination as for its many mysteries.
Whereas one might have deployed the resources of tradition-criticism, and thus explored evolution in ancient Israel's social and ethnological outlook, Wright mainly stresses the comparative humaneness of Israelite slavery and the admirable "swimming against the stream" of culture that it displayed.
The humaneness of Shechita is already acknowledged in the Humane Method of Slaughter Legislation in the United States.
A final preliminary word should be said about why the Confucian virtues of ritual propriety and humaneness are so important in the contemporary world.
But shock as such is morally indifferent whereas humaneness seems to be morally important (as the appeal to "human dignity" that often accompanies appeal to humaneness testifies).
JUSTICE: Corrections must demonstrate integrity, respect, dignity, fairness and pursue a balanced program of humaneness, restoration, rehabilitation and the most appropriate sanctions consistent with public safety.
The craft, the epic breath infused into every page and scene, clearly makes this book a masterpiece not just of writing, but of empathy and deep humaneness.
A human other is more convincing and less ambiguous, and will teach us humaneness not by invective but by example.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s the AMA recognized the need for renewed articulation of professionalism and new applications of the principles of humaneness and of serving patient and public health needs.
The "humanity" of Thucydides with which Orwin is concerned is not his humaneness, his empathy with human suffering, but his sense of the human predicament, his combination of "an unflinching presentation of the harshness of political life with an element that transcends this presentation" (p.
The need for us to distinguish individual and positional 'feminists' seems vital for our societal and individual relations - for the health of our society, and for the humaneness of our personal evaluations.