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 \-blē \ 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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But the company's charitable foundation emphasized Friday that investments in Louisville and seven other communities will center on improving population health. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Pizza Hut, Kroger, Republic Bank? Who wants Cardinal Stadium naming rights," 13 July 2018 The nonprofit think tank, backed by charitable foundations and major banks, advocates for better financial products, especially for Americans on the fringes of the financial system. James Rufus Koren,, "For a day, I was one of the millions of Americans without a bank account. It was humbling," 21 June 2018 Along the way, Eggert has defamed and harassed my family, friends, my wife’s charitable foundation, the families of the children that foundation helps, and many others. Alexia Fernandez,, "Scott Baio Claims Nicole Eggert Accused Him of Assault to 'Relaunch Her Own Career'," 20 June 2018 In a lawsuit filed Thursday, New York’s Attorney General Barbara Underwood said President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Citing Bible, Trump administration digs in on 'zero tolerance' immigration policy," 14 June 2018 Mark Wilson Getty Images President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has persistently broken state and federal laws with improper political activity, self-dealing and failing to follow basic fiduciary obligations, New York said in a lawsuit. Fortune, "Trump Foundation Accused of Violating Charity Law," 14 June 2018 According to Mumby, the Harford camp is modeled on a program created by iCan Shine, Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit charitable organization which has helped more than 20,000 people with disabilities experience the joy of bike riding. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 The company owns the right to sell Toyota Motor vehicles in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries (among other ventures) and Hassan serves as the president of the charitable organization within the company, Community Jameel. Stephanie Petit,, "Rihanna Responds to Photos of Her Feuding with Boyfriend Hassan Jameel with Lion Meme," 12 July 2018 In lieu of flowers, Rose requested donations to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital or your favorite charitable organization., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 10 July 2018

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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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