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humanitarianadjective, noun [C]

uk   /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/  us   /-ˈter.i-/
C2 (a ​person who is) ​involved in or ​connected with ​improving people's ​lives and ​reducingsuffering: The ​prisoner has been ​released for humanitarian ​reasons. The United Nations is ​sending humanitarian aid (= ​food and ​supplies to ​helppeople) to the ​areasworstaffected 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   us   /-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 ​reducingsuffering: humanitarian ​aid in the ​form of ​foodsupplies
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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