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Definition of humanism

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  1. A system of thought that centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth.
  2. Concern with the interests, needs, and welfare of humans: "the newest flower on the vine of corporate humanism" (Savvy).
  3. Medicine The concept that concern for human interests, values, and dignity is of the utmost importance to the care of the sick.
  4. The study of the humanities; learning in the liberal arts.
  5. Humanism A cultural and intellectual movement of the Renaissance that emphasized secular concerns as a result of the rediscovery and study of the literature, art, and civilization of ancient Greece and Rome.

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