[ hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uhn or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i ən or, often, yu- /
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having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism.
pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering: a humanitarian crisis.
a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.
a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism.
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Origin of humanitarian
First recorded in 1810–20; humanit(y) + -arian
OTHER WORDS FROM humanitarianan·ti·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounsem·i·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounun·hu·man·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for humanitarian
/ (hjuːˌmænɪˈtɛərɪən) /
having the interests of mankind at heart
of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism
an adherent of humanitarianism
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