having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
of or relating to ethical or theological .
pertaining to the saving of lives or to the alleviation of suffering:
a humanitarian crisis.
a person actively engaged in promoting welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.
a person who professes ethical or theological .
Contemporary Examples

We had heard rumors that fierce Chechens might now come through the “humanitarian corridor.”
Witness to a Ukraine Rebel Breakthrough Anna Nemtsova June 3, 2014

Take Angelina Jolie, who had a bad-girl image until she began casting herself as a humanitarian activist.
The Media Fantasize About Ben Affleck Vying for John Kerry’s Seat Lauren Ashburn December 21, 2012

Friday morning, with a humanitarian mission already underway, the United States began airstrikes on ISIS in northern Iraq.
Obama’s Iraq Plan Has a Killer Flaw—and Airstrikes Alone May Not Save It Jacob Siegel August 7, 2014

humanitarian organizations were denied entry to Khuzaa, leaving medics unable to tend the wounded or collect corpses.
The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides Creede Newton October 27, 2014

The “humanitarian” convoy that has attracted international attention does not appear to have been directly involved.
Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia Jamie Dettmer August 15, 2014

Historical Examples

The only brief I hold is for the democratic and humanitarian ideals of America.
The Jew and American Ideals John Spargo

This ambiguity enters into all the phrases which are humanitarian.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

Louis, as I was saying, regards the man in the romantic light of a humanitarian monomaniac or a demented food reformer.
Max Carrados Ernest Bramah

She may, if she is a humanitarian, love all mankind; but she does not respect it.
What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton

It allows for humanitarian movements as easily as for political corruption.
Introduction to the Science of Sociology Robert E. Park

having the interests of mankind at heart
of or relating to ethical or theological humanitarianism
a philanthropist
an adherent of humanitarianism

1794 (n.) in the theological sense “one who affirms the humanity of Christ but denies his pre-existence and divinity,” from humanity + suffix from unitarian, etc.; see humanism. Meaning “philanthropist, one who advocates or practices human action to solve social problems” is from 1842, originally disparaging, with a suggestion of excess. As an adjective, by 1834.


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