charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce charitable (audio) , ˈcha-rə-\

Definition of charitable

1 : full of love for and goodwill toward others : benevolent
2a : liberal in benefactions to the needy : generous
b : of or relating to charity charitable institutions
3 : merciful or kind in judging others : lenient

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Other Words from charitable

charitableness noun
charitably \ ˈcher-​ə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce charitably (audio) , ˈcha-​rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of charitable in a Sentence

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

Since July 2016, the city council has been running occasional programs to accept charitable donations in place of parking fines, according to the statement. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Las Vegas is trading parking tickets for pencils, pens and paper for students," 28 June 2019 Today, every artist is given a budget to make a charitable donation to a music program of their choice. Chris Payne, Billboard, "What Does It Mean to Be an Independent Festival in 2019?," 26 June 2019 Help the Vets and Paulson were required to pay more than $1.8 million as part of a July 2018 settlement and were permanently banned from soliciting charitable donations or overseeing the operations of another charity. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Florida cancer foundation allegedly swindled money from MN donors; AG Keith Ellison files order to ban it," 21 June 2019 Osili said stock market turbulence at the end of 2018 also might have hurt charitable donations. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, "Donations to charity dropped last year despite a strong economy. Was the tax law to blame?," 18 June 2019 The group employs some 17,000 people, with a budget of $152 million, largely money raised through charitable donations from individuals, families, and foundations. BostonGlobe.com, "Partners in Health puts a nurse in charge, globally," 18 June 2019 Despite the purchase price of $2.75 million, and a county assessment of $5.5 million at the time of the donation, Trump’s 2016 campaign said in a list of charitable donations published by The Washington Post that the land was worth $26.1 million. Lynnley Browning, Fortune, "This Failed Trump Golf Course Is Now a Dilapidated New York State Park," 16 June 2019 Despite the purchase price of $2.75 million, and a county assessment of $5.5 million at the time of the donation, Trump’s 2016 campaign said in a list of charitable donations published by The Washington Post that the land was worth $26.1 million. Time, "A Failed Trump Golf Course Is Now a Dilapidated State Park – but Is It Worth $26.1 Million?," 14 June 2019 Members of Muslim communities, however, were left wondering whether practicing zakat—charitable donation, which is one of the five pillars of Islam—might land them in jail. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of charitable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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charitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of charitable

: done or designed to help people who are poor, sick, etc.
: showing kindness in talking about or judging other people : not very critical

charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce charitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of charitable

1 : freely giving money or help to needy persons : generous
2 : given for the needy : of service to the needy charitable donations charitable organizations
3 : kindly especially in judging other people

charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble

Legal Definition of charitable

: of or relating to charity charitable contributions

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