Humanitarian

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Humanitarian Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
  • marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare; "a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species"
  • of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism; "humanitarian aid"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms

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Humanitarian Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Humanitarianism is a way of behaving out of kindness to other people. Someone who is a humanitarian is a person who helps to improve the lives of other people without thinking about their race, belief or nationality.

Humanitarianism is not the same thing as Humanism which is about not believing in a god.

A good example of Humanitarianism is the well-known story from the New Testament about the Good Samaritan who goes to help the poor man who has been robbed.

Humanitarianism also means basic morality indispensable for human being. And there are international laws called "international humanitarian law" considered to created out of humanitarianism of this mean. Among them, Geneva Conventions on the matter made at the time of wars are well known.



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Humanitarian Sample Sentences in News


  • UN spins off humanitarian news service after $25 mln investment
    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations will spin off its humanitarian news service IRIN as an independent Swiss-based foundation after getting a $25 million 15-year investment from a Hong Kong-based philanthropist. The deal aims to leave the United Nations to concentrate on core humanitarian work while allowing IRIN, which began by faxing news about Af Read more on this news related to 'Humanitarian'
  • UN humanitarian news service to be spun off
    The humanitarian news service IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), after nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, announced today that it will spin off to become an independent, non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor. Read more on this news related to 'Humanitarian'
  • Aid workers in conflict zones no longer immune, now targeted
    By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Humanitarian groups in conflict zones need to reconsider how they protect aid workers now that insurgents no longer provide immunity for relief work, aid experts said on Wednesday. Attacks on humanitarian workers have increased steadily over the past decade, with 474 workers killed, kidnapped or seriously Read more on this news related to 'Humanitarian'

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