Definition of humanely in US English:



  • 1In a way that shows compassion or benevolence.

    ‘livestock have to be treated humanely’
    • ‘War is a failure to act humanely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My goals are to produce a top quality product, turn a profit, and run the business 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.’
    • ‘Captured combatants must be treated humanely.’
    • ‘We uphold the law professionally, humanely and with an acute awareness of the impact enforcement has on the individuals we encounter.’
    • ‘We had every reason to believe they would be treated humanely and professionally.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 By inflicting the minimum of pain.
      ‘the dog was humanely destroyed’
      • ‘Town councillors want to know what the level of objection would be to any proposal to humanely cull some of the birds.’
      • ‘When I make the extra effort to seek out traditional farm-reared and humanely slaughtered meat, it is of a better quality.’
      • ‘To avoid the stress of transportation, the turkeys will be humanely slaughtered on the farm.’
      • ‘If a fox finds its way into your chicken coop, then you kill it, quickly and humanely, by shooting it.’
      • ‘The hippo was humanely euthanized due to her failing health.’
      • ‘They are killed quickly and humanely in accordance with approved veterinary practices.’
      • ‘Under the plan, the cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians.’
      • ‘The hedgehogs are being culled humanely and for a good reason.’
      • ‘Animal shelters, dog pounds, rescue foundations are all forced to humanely euthanize animals simply because no homes are available.’
      • ‘Magpies can be trapped and humanely destroyed, but when a correspondent stated that they followed this practice, the reaction was almost universally hostile.’