What does humanitarian mean?

Definitions for humanitarianhyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i ən; often yu-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word humanitarian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanitarian, do-gooder, improver(noun)

    someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms

  2. humanist, humanitarian(adj)

    an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans

  3. human-centered, human-centred, humanist, humanistic, humanitarian(adj)

    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"

  4. humanitarian(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism

    "humanitarian aid"


  1. humanitarian(Noun)

    A person with such concerns; a philanthropist or do-gooder.

  2. humanitarian(Adjective)

    Concerned with people's welfare, and the alleviation of suffering; humane or compassionate.

  3. Origin: Coined around 1820, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humanitarian(adj)

    pertaining to humanitarians, or to humanitarianism; as, a humanitarian view of Christ's nature

  2. Humanitarian(adj)

    content with right affections and actions toward man; ethical, as distinguished from religious; believing in the perfectibility of man's nature without supernatural aid

  3. Humanitarian(adj)

    benevolent; philanthropic

  4. Humanitarian(noun)

    one who denies the divinity of Christ, and believes him to have been merely human

  5. Humanitarian(noun)

    one who limits the sphere of duties to human relations and affections, to the exclusion or disparagement of the religious or spiritual

  6. Humanitarian(noun)

    one who is actively concerned in promoting the welfare of his kind; a philanthropist

  7. Origin: [From Humanity.]


  1. Humanitarian

    Humanitarian is a 1999 album by Jimmy Cliff.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humanitarian

    hū-man′i-tā′ri-an, n. one who denies Christ's divinity, and holds Him to be a mere man: a philanthropist.—adj. of or belonging to humanity, benevolent.—n. Humanitā′rianism.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humanitarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humanitarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari:

    The humanitarian situation in the northeast is particularly worrying. We are working with partners on the ground to scale up humanitarian operations.

  2. James Scott:

    Right and wrong isn’t a matter of ethics, rather it’s the geography in which you reside and whose control you’re under. Tallinn Manual 2.0 is based largely on western international humanitarian law.

  3. Mamadou Diallo:

    This kidnapping confirms the fragile security situation in which the various humanitarian organizations work and whose victims are the local population, i call for the liberation of these humanitarian workers.

  4. Ould Cheikh Ahmed:

    This humanitarian truce now must transform into a permanent ceasefire and all violence must end no matter where it is ... in this spirit, I ask all parties to renew their commitment to this humanitarian truce for another five days.

  5. Neal Walker:

    This is a country, unlike many crisis countries, where there really is potential for people to pick up and continue with their lives, the humanitarian situation could be addressed very quickly if we had a sustainable peace. But right now we need that humanitarian assistance.

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