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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First Known Use of charitable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Charitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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


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



Legal Definition of charitable

: of or relating to charity charitable contributions

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