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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Local business and philanthropic leaders in support include Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Eli Broad, a major charter school supporter who said the funding would help all public schools. Howard Blume,, "Parcel tax for L.A. schools is latest ask of taxpayers," 4 June 2019 The suspension prohibits the chapter from participating in social and philanthropic events. K.c. Alfred, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD fraternity suspended amid reports of sexual assault," 4 June 2019 Sting’s 1978 Fender Stratocaster guitar and a program from the 1985 Farm Aid concert honors the national and international philanthropic goals of those within the music industry. Sam Spengler, Smithsonian, "These Signature Artifacts Embody the Giving Spirt of Artist-Philanthropists," 27 Mar. 2018 The announcement was made during a private retreat for wealthy donors who have committed to giving at least $100,000 annually to the sprawling Koch network of political, policy, educational and philanthropic organizations. Sally Ho, The Seattle Times, "Koch group touts education push on curriculum, technology," 28 Jan. 2019 More than a mere music festival, this year’s event commemorates 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and celebrates his lifetime of political and philanthropic work. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Turned the Global Citizen Festival Into a Stunning Fashion Celebration of Mandela’s Legacy," 3 Dec. 2018 Basically, Mozzi is both philanthropic and business savvy, making him a total catch. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Princess Beatrice's Rumored Boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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