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humanitarian

[hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uh n or, often, yoo-] /hyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i ən or, often, yu-/
adjective
1.
having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
2.
of or pertaining to ethical or theological humanitarianism.
3.
pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering:
a humanitarian crisis.
noun
4.
a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.
5.
a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; humanit(y) + -arian
Related forms
antihumanitarian, adjective, noun
semihumanitarian, adjective, noun
unhumanitarian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for humanitarians

humanitarian

/hjuːˌmænɪˈtɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
having the interests of mankind at heart
2.
of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism
noun
3.
a philanthropist
4.
an adherent of humanitarianism
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