phil·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce philanthropic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly philanthropical \ ˌfi-​lən-​ˈthrä-​pi-​kəl How to pronounce philanthropical (audio) \

Definition of philanthropic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by philanthropy : humanitarian
2 : dispensing or receiving aid from funds set aside for humanitarian purposes

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philanthropically \ ˌfi-​lən-​ˈthrä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce philanthropically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of philanthropic in a Sentence

a philanthropic society that has been doing good for over a century

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Last week, altruistic fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex came up with a way to celebrate the couple's incoming baby and honor their philanthropic work using the power of social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Thank Fans for Donating to Charities in Their Honor Ahead of Their Baby's Arrival," 5 Apr. 2019 Three years into the philanthropic side hustle, the number of patients applying for Face Forward's help had tripled. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Nonprofit Face Forward Changes the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors With Free Plastic Surgery," 26 Mar. 2019 The active, philanthropic community and access to sophisticated dining, shopping and culture are what keep them there. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "A Wealth Of History, A History Of Wealth," 21 Mar. 2019 Since her husband, Bill Clements, left office in 1991, Clements remained active in philanthropic work, GOP politics and had served on several corporate boards. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Former Texas First Lady Rita Clements, 86, dies in Dallas," 6 Jan. 2018 Angela Bassett The Oscar-winning leading lady wears her support for IWD on her back in a classic white cotton t-shirt with a philanthropic twist. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from International Women's Day 2019," 8 Mar. 2019 While many will fawn over the latest collections released this week, the gala celebrated NYFW in a more philanthropic light. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Alicia Keys Performs at the 4th Annual Fashion Cares Gala," 13 Feb. 2019 Through the philanthropic Careyes Foundation, guests can also visit nearby village schools, take bike rides with local children and release sea-turtle hatchlings on the beach. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "Escape Winter with a Trip to This Under-the-Radar Destination," 6 Dec. 2018 Melinda Gates is the co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest philanthropic foundation in the world. Melinda Gates, Popular Mechanics, "The One Thing Melinda Gates Will Keep Forever Is an Apple III," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of philanthropic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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phil·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce philanthropic (audio) \

Kids Definition of philanthropic

: for or relating to the act of giving money and time to help needy people : charitable I do philanthropic work.

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