char·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl , 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 , 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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For charitable donors who want a tax break, there are ways around this change. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Charitable-Donation Deduction," 15 Feb. 2019 David Peralta then cracked a rising liner to left field where Derek Dietrich seemingly had a bead on it before the ball clanged off his web for a charitable RBI double and a 2-0 Diamondbacks lead. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Zack Godley's curveball helps Diamondbacks fend off Marlins in win," 26 June 2018 Eat-in or take-out is available and 10-percent of proceeds will support local charitable activities sponsored by the Ellington Centennial Lions Club. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 26 June 2018 These funds have been used to make payments where speed was important such as charitable donations in the wake of natural disasters or support for discounts on Nissan vehicles in regions experiencing sales problems, the person said. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Investigators Focus on Ties to Saudi Businessman," 27 Dec. 2018 The tax break for charitable donations comes up again and again and again in your book. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The case against billionaire philanthropy," 17 Dec. 2018 This makes the charitable donations raised at the Iowa event functionally a donation to Trump’s campaign, the petition says. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Trump’s charity donated $75,000 in 2016 to charity founded by Greitens," 14 June 2018 In fact, on the Today show this morning, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager discussed the trend, focusing on jwhat many of us have perceived as its charitable, altruistic results. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Did Marie Kondo Inspire You to Clean Out Your Closet This Weekend? Here Are the 5 Best Ways to Do It," 18 Jan. 2019 The royal patronage is a natural fit for Meghan, who first reached out to the charity through a Kensington Palace aide in January 2018 after conducting research on Britain’s charitable landscape. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, ""She Really Gets It": How Duchess Meghan Is Changing Lives with Her First Patronage," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of charitable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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