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humanitarianadjective, noun [C]

uk   /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us   /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈter.i.ən/
C2 (a person who is) involved in or connected with improving people's lives and reducing suffering: The prisoner has been released for humanitarian reasons. The United Nations is sending humanitarian aid (= food and supplies to help people) to the areas worst affected by the conflict. The well-known humanitarian, Joseph Rowntree, was concerned with the welfare of his employees.

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humanitarianism
noun [U] uk   /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈteə.ri.ə.nɪ.zəm/ us   /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈter.i.ə.nɪ.zəm/
(Definition of humanitarian from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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humanitarianadjective

us   /hjuˌmæn·ɪˈteər·i·ən/
involved in or connected with improving people’s lives and reducing suffering: humanitarian aid in the form of food supplies
humanitarian
noun [C] us   /hjuˌmæn·ɪˈteər·i·ən, ju-/
She was regarded by many as a compassionate humanitarian.
(Definition of humanitarian from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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