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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to Corgan’s video, the concert will be broadcast live on Youtube for free, with viewers being able to make charitable donations through the platform. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 15 July 2022 The report made clear the trades were precipitated after Powell’s wife asked to make funds available for the purpose of charitable donations at the end of the year. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 One reason Simons paid so little are deductions from charitable donations, averaging hundreds of millions of dollars each year; Yass doesn’t give nearly as much to charity. Jeff Ernsthausen, ProPublica, 21 June 2022 Under a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Brown pleaded guilty to a charge that involved not fully reporting income and inaccurately claiming deductions for charitable donations, according to court documents. Orlando Sentinel, 19 May 2022 The Absolutely Fabulous star, 76, received her damehood Thursday as she was honored for her services to drama, entertainment and charitable causes during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace with Princess Anne. Glenn Garner,, 16 July 2022 Sales of the merch help fund the couple’s favorite charitable causes, such as animal rescue, helping the homeless, addiction recovery, food banks and children’s organizations, especially in Culebra. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2022 The Louisville Downtown Partnership will accept charitable donations in support of the program, the foundation said. Thomas Birmingham, The Courier-Journal, 28 June 2022 The funds, which will be managed by the Adani Foundation, will be used for charitable activities in the areas of healthcare, education and skills development, with a particular focus on India’s rural regions. Gloria Haraito, Forbes, 24 June 2022 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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