charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce charitable (audio) , 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 How to pronounce charitably (audio) , 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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The company also offers employees opportunities to give back to the community through charitable endeavors, such as its participation in Rebuilding Together Indianapolis, which helps complete projects for local homeowners who can’t afford repairs. Michael Schroeder, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2019: ERMCO," 8 June 2019 The profile might be pegged to a celebrity’s new project, whether a film, album or some sort of charitable undertaking. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 8 June 2019 The profile might be pegged to a celebrity’s new project, whether a film, album or some sort of charitable undertaking. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 7 June 2019 Talented, intelligent, ethical and often charitable super-executives have adhered to this thinking for years. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Must Pull Out of Georgia," 7 June 2019 Proceeds will be used to support the Special Olympics and other charitable groups. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "The ribs will soon be grilling at City Club’s Rib Burnoff: Strong Points," 6 June 2019 The most charitable view here is that Goldberg was thinking about how to create a pipeline of diverse, future talent for The Atlantic. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Even worse than Jeffrey Goldberg’s sexist quote was his gaslighting of a journalist," 6 June 2019 Each year about 25,000 guests gather for a Thanksgiving meal hosted by Patricia Jimenez who has overseen the event since the passing of her father who started the charitable event 35 years ago. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s matriarch of annual Jimenez dinner left legacy of service," 6 June 2019 The Rooster, CookNSolo’s charitable endeavor in the subterranean space at 1526 Sansom St., ran into financial woes. Michael Klein, https://www.inquirer.com, "Restaurant closings: Ardiente, Dino’s Backstage, MidiCi, Adobe Cafe," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of charitable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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charitable

adjective

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

charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈcher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce charitable (audio) \

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

charitable

adjective
char·​i·​ta·​ble

Legal Definition of charitable

: of or relating to charity charitable contributions

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