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Looking for a word that means, "a belief in goodness and liberty toward sentient aliens." The use of "humanitarian" doesn't seem to fit due to the use of "human" in it, and I am not entirely convinced that "xenotarian" is a valid word (although it might be.)

  • Let me guess: you're writing a science-fiction story? In any case, I think there ought to be such a word, but I've never heard of it. – Cyberherbalist Mar 26 '14 at 17:00
  • Xenotarian is 1. a barbarism (xenos is from Greek, but the -arian[us] ending is from Latin; it would be alienarian), 2. only refers to outsiders / foreigners (xenos means "foreigner"). – outis nihil Mar 26 '14 at 17:02
  • @Cyberherbalist I almost never ask questions I honestly "need" to know. Just sort of came to me in idle curiosity, to be perfectly honest. Nonetheless, I think it's a valid question. – Southpaw Hare Mar 26 '14 at 17:03
  • I posit Philzenthropic/Philzenthropism as a catch-all neologism - however, this could apply to not only sentient, but proto-sentient and non-sentient beings. – Duckisaduckisaduck Mar 26 '14 at 17:12
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    Extraterrestrialitarian? Nice little word that sort of rolls off the tongue (and lands in a ditch after having stumbled over its own legs three times on the way down). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 26 '14 at 18:14
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Closest thing I can think of is xenophilia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophilia

More generally, allophilia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allophilia

"Xenotarian" sounds like a person who only eats aliens, haha.

  • The -philia and -phile suffixes suggest to me objectification rather than egalitarian treatment. The former also has shades of a kink/fetish connotation. That said, allo- or pan- are on the right track. – Bradd Szonye Mar 26 '14 at 19:00
  • Yes, these are the opposites of the word being sought. – Fattie Mar 27 '14 at 8:16
  • @JoeBlow I know these aren't exactly what the OP is looking for (because I don't think it exists), but how are they the opposite? From the links above: Xenophily or xenophilia means an affection for unknown/foreign objects or peoples. It is the opposite of xenophobia or xenophoby. Allophilia is having a positive attitude for a group that is not one's own. The term derived from Greek words meaning "liking or love of the other". It is a framework for understanding effective intergroup leadership and is conceptualized as a measurable state of mind with tangible consequences – Kevin Workman Mar 27 '14 at 12:58
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In Buddhism it is frequently used the expression "sentient beings". Reference I think you could use the same expression.

If you want to emphasize the E.T. nature perhaps you could use the expression "Non-Earthly" as in "...toward all Non-Earthly sentient beings" I don't think there is a single word expression for this.

Freedom is the right of all sentient beings. Optimus Prime

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