Definition of humanitarian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//hjuːˌmænɪˈteəriən//
; NAmE NAmE//hjuːˌmænɪˈteriən//
[usually before noun]
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concerned with reducing suffering and improving the conditions that people live in to provide humanitarian aid to the war zone humanitarian issues a humanitarian organization They are calling for the release of the hostages on humanitarian grounds. The expulsion of thousands of people represents a humanitarian catastrophe of enormous proportions. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from humanity + -arian.

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