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 family received several loans from the Resnicks’ charitable foundation apparently at low interest rates starting as early as 2014, according to foundation records. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A nasty fight erupts between a major grower and the giant Wonderful Pistachios firm," 16 Sep. 2019 Because no matter who nabs the top prize, all participants rode the (charitable) championship wave - for one night only. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Fantasy Football Draft Night at NRG Stadium raises $375,000 for abused and neglected Houston youth," 5 Sep. 2019 Travalyst is the first endeavor to fall under the umbrella of Harry and Duchess Meghan’s new charitable foundation, Sussex Royal. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Launches New Travel Program to Encourage Eco-Friendly Tourism," 3 Sep. 2019 Along with its professional services, the firm has helped several charitable, philanthropic and nonprofit causes, according to a news release. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Biz News: Pie-Not bids ‘good-pie’ as Huntington and Costa Mesa locations close," 21 June 2019 The foundation’s projections call for an annual operating budget of more than $7.3 million to be raised through individual donors, corporations, charitable foundations, entry fees, museum memberships, merchandise sales and venue rental. David Harris,, "Pulse documents detail memorial plans, expected visitors, CEO Barbara Poma’s salary," 19 June 2019 Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Campbell holds weekly lunches with its members and guests to discuss charitable events, volunteering and leadership programs. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of Sept. 13," 13 Sep. 2019 Such a search might reveal a party that was busted by cops or that the fraternity in question recently hosted a charitable event. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "Secret frats, and what else to look out for during college fraternity rush," 5 Sep. 2019 Many religions urge their adherents to be charitable toward those in need. Heather D. Curtis, The Conversation, "How American Christian media promoted charity abroad," 3 Sep. 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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