1. Of or pertaining to humanity; as, humanistic devotion.
2. Pertaining to polite literature.
adj 1: of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and
man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and
scientific method and often rejecting religion; "the
humanist belief in continuous emergent evolution"-
Wendell Thomas [syn: humanist]
2: of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism; "the humanistic
revival of learning" [syn: humanist]
3: pertaining to or concerned with the humanities; "humanistic
studies"; "a humane education" [syn: humanist, humane]
4: marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare;
"a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for
humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for
all members of our species" [syn: human-centered, human-centred,