• WordNet 3.6
    • adj humanitarian 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"
    • adj humanitarian of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism "humanitarian aid"
    • n humanitarian an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
    • n humanitarian someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Humanitarian Benevolent; philanthropic.
    • Humanitarian (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.
    • Humanitarian (Theol. & Ch. Hist) One who denies the divinity of Christ, and believes him to have been merely human.
    • Humanitarian One who is actively concerned in promoting the welfare of humans and human societies; a philanthropist.
    • Humanitarian (Philos) One who limits the sphere of duties to human relations and affections, to the exclusion or disparagement of the religious or spiritual.
    • Humanitarian (Theol. & Ch. Hist) Pertaining to humanitarians, or to humanitarianism; as, a humanitarian view of Christ's nature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • humanitarian In theology, affirming the humanity or human nature of Christ, but denying his divinity.
    • humanitarian Having regard to the interests of humanity, or all mankind; broadly philanthropic.
    • n humanitarian In theology: One who asserts the mere humanity of Jesus Christ, and denies his divinity; a Unitarian. Some humanitarians hold that Christ was the subject of a divine inspiration which rendered his human nature an extraordinary one.
    • n humanitarian One who maintains the perfectibility of human nature without the aid of grace.
    • n humanitarian One who adopts the doctrine or theory that man's sphere of duty is limited to a benevolent interest in and practical promotion of the welfare of the human race, apart from all considerations of religion.
    • n humanitarian A philanthropist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Humanitarian hū-man′i-tā′ri-an one who denies Christ's divinity, and holds Him to be a mere man: a philanthropist
    • adj Humanitarian of or belonging to humanity, benevolent
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  • Albert Schweitzer
    “Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Humanity


In literature:

The man is a humanitarian to the manner born.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
Until now she had been speaking as the teacher, as the humanitarian.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
The humanitarian feels pity for the suffering and hardship imposed upon multitudes of the world's population.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
It explodes our humanitarian theories by a series of well-directed mines.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
His humanitarian labors in that direction were strongly seconded by the Spanish Minister in Brussels.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
I'm a humanitarian, and opposed on principle to the sacrifice of human life.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
Here, civil law and penal law should combine and take energetic humanitarian measures to put a stop to this sad abuse.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Humanitarians of to-day are unable to work miracles; they have to sow the seed of progress, and await its natural harvest.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
But the objection was made that the priest was engaged only in humanitarian labors.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
For in the midst of all his political and military triumphs, Rumford remained at heart to the very end the scientist and humanitarian.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams

In news:

Dave Rosenberg of Davis receives the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the California Judges Association.
Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is to receive a Hollywood life achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, the guild said Tuesday.
Famine strikes East Africa Somali refugees are seeking shelter in Mogadishu and Kenya from extreme drought and hunger in what the UN's refugee agency is calling the worst humanitarian disaster in the world.
United Nations reports "high levels of acute malnutrition" throughout the east Africa n region, with the numbers needing humanitarian aid increasing daily.
Richard Fay accepts Hassanein Humanitarian Award.
The guys are in Nashville today where they will receive an Artist Humanitarian Award at the Country Radio Seminar.
No humanitarian aid to Shalit, and no story either.
In this Sept 8, 2008 file photo, Ramon Saul Sanchez, president of the Democracy Movement, a group that helps Cubans arriving in Miami, explains his plan to send humanitarian aid to the victims in Cuba of Hurricane's Gustav and Ike in Miami.
Marina mariner detained in Greece after setting out on humanitarian mission to Gaza.
The Wolf Pack football team will head to Boise on Friday to prepare for the Humanitarian Bowl.
But there's a full weekend of events scheduled including the annual Humanitarian award.
Is America's military training warriors or humanitarians.
Narayana Murthy Receives Global Humanitarian Honors at The Tech Awards.
Emory Eastside Medical Center has honored three workers with its annual Frist Humanitarian Awards.
Radhouane Nouicer, the U.N.'s regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, briefs the media during a news conference at the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva , Switzerland, Friday, Nov 9, 2012.

In science:

The outcome would be the emergence of a new kind of science, of greater value in both intellectual and humanitarian terms.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
But this political or humanitarian goal is, if anything, even more problematic than the aims already discussed.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Once again, because of the influence of SE, science has not developed institutional means for open, sustained, imaginative and critical discussion of the humanitarian aim of science to help enhance the quality of human life (by intellectual, technological and educational means).
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
AOE, recognizing the profoundly problematic character of the humanitarian scientific aim of helping to enhance the quality of human life, would anticipate problems such as these, and would require scientists and non-scientists alike to develop both scientific research and political policies designed to alleviate them.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
An important part of the humanitarian aim of science is the intellectual or educational one of enabling non-scientist to use science so as to enhance their personal knowledge and understanding of, and curiosity about, the world around them.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?