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humaneadjective

 us   /hjuˈmeɪn/
showingkindness, ​care, and ​sympathy toward ​others, esp. those who are ​suffering: She ​felt it was more humane to ​kill the ​injuredanimalquickly than to ​let it ​suffer.
humanely
adverb  us   /hjuˈmeɪn·li/
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"humane" in British English

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humaneadjective

uk   us   /hjuːˈmeɪn/
showingkindness, ​care, and ​sympathy towards ​others, ​especially those who are ​suffering: The humane way of ​dealing with a ​sufferinganimal (= the way that ​causes the least ​pain) is to ​kill it ​quickly.
Opposite
humanely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
I don't ​support the ​deathpenalty, but if ​people are to be ​executed, it should be done humanely.
(Definition of humane from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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