charitable

adjective char·i·ta·ble \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl , ˈcha-rə- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of charitable

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

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of charitable in a Sentence

  1. She makes a charitable donation every year.

  2. He performs charitable work to help the poor.

  3. They give money to charitable causes.

  4. She has tried to be charitable about her sister's problems.

  5. Half of the class has a chance at passing the test, and that is a charitable estimate.

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First Known Use of charitable

14th century



CHARITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

charitable

adjective

Definition of charitable for English Language Learners

  • : done or designed to help people who are poor, sick, etc.

  • : showing kindness in talking about or judging other people : not very critical


CHARITABLE Defined for Kids

charitable

adjective char·i·ta·ble \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl \

Definition of charitable for Students

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

Law Dictionary

charitable

adjective char·i·ta·ble

legal Definition of charitable

: of or relating to charity
  • charitable contributions


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