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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Last month, the Australian government honored Olivia for her charitable contributions with the highest honor given to citizens. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Inside Olivia Newton-John's Heartbreaking Battle With Cancer," 16 Feb. 2019 When a percentage of net profit is donated, the charitable contribution is smallest — every line-item expense (including things like marketing) will be taken out of the purchase price before the percentage goes into effect. Jessica Chia, Allure, "How to Tell If a Beauty Brand's Philanthropic Initiatives Are Just Smoke and Mirrors," 27 July 2018 While there, the couple would work on their charitable missions and promote the United Kingdom. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Might Be Moving to Africa," 21 Apr. 2019 For more than 125 years, generations have turned to Northern Trust for guidance in establishing and maintaining their charitable giving legacies. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2019 Philanthropy Summit," 16 Apr. 2019 Here, Yanya divulges about her musical influences, making Miss Universe, and her charitable project. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nilüfer Yanya Is in the Fast Lane in Her New “Baby Blu” Music Video," 12 Apr. 2019 All this brings up an important concept that charitable donors should be more aware of: neglectedness. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Harry is Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he was given in December 2017, and so opted to wear his impressive uniform for the charitable affair. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry’s Bright Red Royal Marines Uniform Just Set the Internet on Fire," 17 Mar. 2019 The Sussexes will either leave and set up their own charitable vehicle, leaving it just the RF of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, or it will be split in two. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Sara Latham, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New PR Guru?," 15 Mar. 2019

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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 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



Legal Definition of charitable

: of or relating to charity charitable contributions

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one that collects or salvages junk

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