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Humanitarian Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    humanitarian adj
  1. 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" [syn: human-centered, human-centred, humanist, humanistic]
  2. of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism; "humanitarian aid" n : someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms [syn: do-gooder, improver]
Humanitarian Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Humanitarian \Hu*man`i*ta"ri*an\, n. [From Humanity.]
  1. (Theol. & Ch. Hist.) One who denies the divinity of Christ, and believes him to have been merely human.
  2. (Philos.) One who limits the sphere of duties to human relations and affections, to the exclusion or disparagement of the religious or spiritual.
  3. One who is actively concerned in promoting the welfare of his kind; a philanthropist. [Recent]
Humanitarian Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Humanitarian \Hu*man`i*ta"ri*an\, a.
  1. (Theol. & Ch. Hist.) Pertaining to humanitarians, or to humanitarianism; as, a humanitarian view of Christ's nature.
  2. (Philos.) Content with right affections and actions toward man; ethical, as distinguished from religious; believing in the perfectibility of man's nature without supernatural aid.
  3. Benevolent; philanthropic. [Recent]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Humanitarian'

In its most general form, humanitarianism is an ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings. Humanitarianism has been an evolving concept historically but universality is a common element in its evolution. No distinction is to be made in the face of human suffering or abuse on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, tribal, caste, religious or national divisions.

Humanitarianism can also be described as the acceptance of every human being for plainly just being another human. Ignoring and abolishing biased social views, prejudice, and racism in the process, if utilized individually as a practiced viewpoint, and or mindset.

Humanitarianism is an ethic of active compassion which became expressed in philanthropy and social welfare. From an exclusive concern with charity, humanitarian action was led increasingly to vindication of the respect owed to the individual human being. This idea, originating in stoic natural law, became, in its Christian and secular manifestations, an important influence in European thought. Not immediately, but eventually, denial of the spiritual equality inhering in every human being became the touchstone of 'wrongness' in humanitarian action.

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