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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Besides her many charitable endeavors, Princess Eugenie used her art history and English literature degrees from Newcastle University to first work for an online auction firm before becoming a director at the London art gallery Hauser & Wirth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Do for a Living," 11 Oct. 2018 Through this charitable endeavor, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Read Meghan Markle's Emotional Foreword to 'Together: Our Community Cookbook'," 19 Sep. 2018 Tax-exempt charitable organizations, those listed under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, will still have to say who’s giving them money. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The government is making it easier for “dark money” donors to go unnamed," 17 July 2018 The panelists touched on their personal reasons for getting involved with various charitable endeavors, specifically cancer care. The Editors, Town & Country, "Bradley Cooper, Gayle King, and Sean Parker on the Personal Crusade in Philanthropy," 28 June 2018 His charitable endeavors and his philanthropic efforts have been second to none. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Nationals GM Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper, calls anonymous exec 'chicken' and 'gutless'," 13 June 2018 Every single one of these 15 amazing products supports Americans who have bravely served in our nation’s Armed Forces, their families – as well as many charitable initiatives. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Top patriotic BBQ gear for July 4," 3 July 2018 Harry is involved in several charitable initiatives, including mental health campaigns, The Invictus Games and conservation projects in Africa. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Your Complete Guide to the British Royal Family Tree and Line of Succession," 23 Apr. 2018 The 32-year-old swingman contributed to several charitable initiatives this season. Josh Robbins,, "Arron Afflalo wins Magic’s community service award," 18 Mar. 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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