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charitable

adjective char·i·ta·ble \ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl, ˈcha-rə-\

: done or designed to help people who are poor, sick, etc.

: showing kindness in talking about or judging other people : not very critical

Full Definition of CHARITABLE

1
:  full of love for and goodwill toward others :  benevolent
2
a :  liberal in benefactions to the needy :  generous
b :  of or relating to charity <charitable institutions>
3
:  merciful or kind in judging others :  lenient
char·i·ta·ble·ness noun
char·i·ta·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of CHARITABLE

  1. She makes a charitable donation every year.
  2. He performs charitable work to help the poor.
  3. They give money to charitable causes.
  4. She has tried to be charitable about her sister's problems.
  5. Half of the class has a chance at passing the test, and that is a charitable estimate.

First Known Use of CHARITABLE

14th century

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