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    inhuman vs inhumane

    Are the sentences below correct and natural? Thank you.

    1. Nowadays most people regard capital punishment as inhuman and immoral.
    2. Nowadays most people regard capital punishment as inhumane and immoral.

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    Re: inhuman vs inhumane

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Are the sentences below correct and natural? Thank you.

    1. Nowadays most people regard capital punishment as inhuman and immoral.
    2. Nowadays most people regard capital punishment as inhumane and immoral.
    They are both grammatically correct. One could argue, however, that they have different meanings.

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    Re: inhuman vs inhumane

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They are both grammatically correct. One could argue, however, that they have different meanings.
    Thank you. But my dictionaries say that both mean "very cruel." As far as these two sentences are concerned, I don't know what their different meanings are. That's why I seek language experts' help. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: inhuman vs inhumane

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Thank you. But my dictionaries say that both mean "very cruel." As far as these two sentences are concerned, I don't know what their different meanings are. That's why I seek language experts' help. Thanks a lot.
    Inhumane means lacking pity or compassion. An example would be the inhumane treatment of animals.
    There is some overlap with inhuman, but inhuman is broader.

    See here: inhuman - definition of inhuman by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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