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 charitable (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 In October, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported on Cirne’s charitable giving through his family’s private, $140 million foundation. oregonlive, "New Relic, one of Portland’s biggest tech employers, names new CEO after tumultuous year," 13 May 2021 Voegeli said the Gates Foundation in no way resembles charitable giving by a couple who may divorce, even if their giving was substantial to a non-profit organization or college. Craig Harris, USA TODAY, "Charity experts: No changes expected at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation after divorce," 4 May 2021 The app aims to instill good habits; after the pandemic hit, kids’ charitable giving through the app spurted 25% in just one month. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, "With Debit Cards And Investing For Kids, Fintech Startup Greenlight Doubles Valuation To $2.3 Billion," 27 Apr. 2021 In addition to First Amendment concerns, making donor names public may cause collateral damage for charitable giving. Howard Husock, National Review, "California vs. Charitable Giving," 26 Apr. 2021 There is a wealth of household information to tap within a tax return, including your income, investments, many expenses and charitable giving. Chris Farrell, Star Tribune, "Tax time can be a great time to assess state of your household finances," 10 Apr. 2021 His family’s charitable organization and others invest $100 million in AltSchool, a chain of schools that is technology-focused and claims to offer a more individualized education. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Mark Zuckerberg Fast Facts," 2 May 2021 The two groups are the Thomas More Law Center and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a charitable organization connected to the primary political organization supported by Koch and his brother, David, who died in 2019. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "Justices question California disclosure rule for charities," 26 Apr. 2021 The state of Illinois, charitable organization OxFam and several religious organizations have filed letters with the Securities and Exchange Commission opposing his pay. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Illinois and OxFam ask shareholders to reject Johnson & Johnson CEO's $30 million payday," 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of charitable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of charitable was in the 14th century

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17 May 2021

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“Charitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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