Definition of humanely in US English:



  • 1In a way that shows compassion or benevolence.

    ‘livestock have to be treated humanely’
    • ‘You should communicate bad news clearly, fairly, and humanely.’
    • ‘He is one of the most musical and humanely generous people I have ever met.’
    • ‘Society as a whole has an interest in seeing that the least fortunate of its citizens who are accused of crimes are treated humanely and fairly.’
    • ‘We uphold the law professionally, humanely and with an acute awareness of the impact enforcement has on the individuals we encounter.’
    • ‘War is a failure to act humanely.’
    • ‘If we are to behave humanely towards wild creatures, this must include those under the water as well as those above it!’
    • ‘The film has surprising warmth, with characters who muddle through increasingly bleak circumstances as humanely as they can.’
    • ‘Captured combatants must be treated humanely.’
    • ‘We had every reason to believe they would be treated humanely and professionally.’
    • ‘My goals are to produce a top quality product, turn a profit, and run the business humanely.’
    1. 1.1 By inflicting the minimum of pain.
      ‘the dog was humanely destroyed’
      • ‘To avoid the stress of transportation, the turkeys will be humanely slaughtered on the farm.’
      • ‘Under the plan, the cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians.’
      • ‘They are killed quickly and humanely in accordance with approved veterinary practices.’
      • ‘Magpies can be trapped and humanely destroyed, but when a correspondent stated that they followed this practice, the reaction was almost universally hostile.’
      • ‘If a fox finds its way into your chicken coop, then you kill it, quickly and humanely, by shooting it.’
      • ‘The hedgehogs are being culled humanely and for a good reason.’
      • ‘When I make the extra effort to seek out traditional farm-reared and humanely slaughtered meat, it is of a better quality.’
      • ‘Town councillors want to know what the level of objection would be to any proposal to humanely cull some of the birds.’
      • ‘The hippo was humanely euthanized due to her failing health.’
      • ‘Animal shelters, dog pounds, rescue foundations are all forced to humanely euthanize animals simply because no homes are available.’