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HUMANITARIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does humanitarian mean? 

HUMANITARIAN (noun)
  The noun HUMANITARIAN has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: HUMANITARIAN used as a noun is very rare.


HUMANITARIAN (adjective)
  The adjective HUMANITARIAN has 2 senses:

1. marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare
2. of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism

  Familiarity information: HUMANITARIAN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HUMANITARIAN (noun)


Sense 1humanitarian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

do-gooder; humanitarian; improver

Hypernyms ("humanitarian" is a kind of...):

benefactor; helper (a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help))


HUMANITARIAN (adjective)


Sense 1humanitarian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare

Synonyms:

human-centered; human-centred; humanitarian; humanist; humanistic

Context examples:

a humane physician / released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons / respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species

Similar:

humane (marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering)


Sense 2humanitarian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

humanitarian aid

Pertainym:

humanitarianism (the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare)


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