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humanitarian

adjective, 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 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   us   /-ə.nɪ.zəm/
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