charitable

adjective

char·​i·​ta·​ble ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce charitable (audio)
ˈcha-rə-
1
: full of love for and goodwill toward others : benevolent
2
a
: liberal in benefactions to the needy : generous
b
: of or relating to charity
charitable institutions
3
: merciful or kind in judging others : lenient
charitableness noun
charitably adverb

Example Sentences

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 It’s that time of year when our mailboxes, real and virtual, are flooded with letters, cards and envelopes from charitable organizations asking for our money and time. Election Deal! Nedra Rhone, ajc, 2 Dec. 2022 Since its founding, the organization has raised and donated more than $20 million to multiple charitable organizations dedicated to children's education, health and wellness. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2022 Thanks largely to the efforts of nongovernment entities—the Catholic Church, temperance societies, charitable organizations—that mindset changed. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2022 When building brand identity, partnering with charitable organizations can be extremely beneficial. Karina Michel Feld, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2022 It’s the season of giving when many people send gifts to charitable organizations. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Melinda French Gates co-founded one of the world’s largest private charitable organizations. Sara Sidner, CNN, 20 Nov. 2022 Dolly Parton just got $100 million of Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez’s money to steer to the charitable organizations of her choice — including her own foundation. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 And many universities and other charitable organizations now look for ways to distance themselves from controversy, sometimes at great cost. Terri Lynn Helge, The Conversation, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Charitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charitable. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble ˈchar-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce charitable (audio)
1
: freely giving money or help to poor and needy persons : generous
2
: given for the needy : of service to the needy
charitable funds
a charitable institution
3
: kindly in judging other people
charitableness noun
charitably adverb

Legal Definition

charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble
: of or relating to charity
charitable contributions

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