humanitarian

humanitarian
[[t]hjuːmæ̱nɪte͟əriən[/t]]
humanitarians
ADJ: usu ADJ n
If a person or society has humanitarian ideas or behaviour, they try to avoid making people suffer or they help people who are suffering.

Air bombardment raised criticism on the humanitarian grounds that innocent civilians might suffer.

...humanitarian aid.

N-COUNT
A humanitarian is someone with humanitarian ideas.

I like to think of myself as a humanitarian.


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  • humanitarian — I UK [hjuːˌmænɪˈteərɪən] / US [hjuˌmænɪˈterɪən] adjective a) relating to efforts to help people who are living in very bad conditions and are suffering because of a war, flood, earthquake etc humanitarian aid/supplies/relief (= food, clothes,… …   English dictionary

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