Human or Humane?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between human and humane?
A human is a person. As an adjective, human means having a characteristic of humanity.
- It is a human bone (i.e., a bone from a person).
- It was a humane decision (i.e., a compassionate decision).
HumanThe noun human means a person. As an adjective, it describes a characteristic of mankind (e.g., the human soul, human body, the human mind).
- I believe that every human feels pleasure in doing good to another. (Thomas Jefferson)
- To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. (Paul R Ehrlich) (Here, human is an adjective.)
HumaneThe adjective humane describes the quality of having or showing compassion.
- This inhuman world has to become more humane. (Friedrich Durrenmatt)
- In my view, there is no such thing as humane meat. (Ingrid Newkirk)