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Definitions for Humanitarian
hyuˌmæn ɪˈtɛər i ən; often yu-hu·man·i·tar·i·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanitarian, do-gooder, improvernoun

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

  2. humanist, humanitarianadjective

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

  3. human-centered, human-centred, humanist, humanistic, humanitarianadjective

    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. humanitarianadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism

    "humanitarian aid"


  1. humanitariannoun

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

  2. humanitarianadjective

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

  3. Etymology: Coined around 1820, from.


  1. humanitarian

    Humanitarianism is an active belief in the value of human life, whereby humans practice benevolent treatment and provide assistance to other humans to reduce suffering and improve the conditions of humanity for moral, altruistic, and emotional reasons. One aspect involves voluntary emergency aid overlapping with human rights advocacy, actions taken by governments, development assistance, and domestic philanthropy. Other critical issues include correlation with religious beliefs, motivation of aid between altruism and social control, market affinity, imperialism and neo-colonialism, gender and class relations, and humanitarian agencies. A practitioner is known as a humanitarian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humanitarianadjective

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

  2. Humanitarianadjective

    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. Humanitarianadjective

    benevolent; philanthropic

  4. Humanitariannoun

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

  5. Humanitariannoun

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

  6. Humanitariannoun

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

  7. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of Humanitarian in a Sentence

  1. Hani Mowafi:

    We are witnessing in Syria one of the worst humanitarian crises of the past 100 years.

  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. State John Kerry:

    We know that the Houthis were engaged in moving some missile-launching capacity to the border and under the rules of engagement, it was always understood that if there were proactive moves by one side or another, then that would be in violation of the ceasefire agreement, saudi Arabia, under the rules of engagement, took action. We continue to support the idea of extending the humanitarian pause, but I think under the circumstances at the moment that would be difficult.

  4. Antonio Carabante:

    While attention is often given to wind speed, we know from experience that it is rainfall - and subsequent flooding and landslides - that can be even more dangerous from a humanitarian perspective.

  5. President Trump:

    We are very happy to have Egyptian American back home, thank you very much. The White House has been working for weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to secure the release of Aya Hijazi, 30, as well as Aya Hijazi husband Mohamed Hassanein and four other humanitarian workers. Wade McMullen, managing attorney at the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organization which has been advocating on Hijazi's behalf, told National Public Radio that Sisi’s visit to Washington came during.

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