phil·​an·​throp·​ic ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce philanthropic (audio)
variants or less commonly philanthropical
: of, relating to, or characterized by philanthropy : humanitarian
: dispensing or receiving aid from funds set aside for humanitarian purposes
philanthropically adverb

Examples of philanthropic in a Sentence

a philanthropic society that has been doing good for over a century
Recent Examples on the Web And in Boston, one of the most philanthropic cities in the country, human services and education vie for the top rank, with health care not far behind. Larry Edelman,, 26 June 2023 Reich is not the first Colts coach to maintain a philanthropic presence in the city. The Indianapolis Star, 8 Dec. 2022 In the Kern Community College District, Christian is also credited with spearheading a statewide coalition in 2015 that raised philanthropic money for what led to the development of Guided Pathways, an effort to redesign community college education to better support students. Debbie Truongstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023 Some of them do incredibly philanthropic things with their riches. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Nov. 2022 It’s geared for students between eighth and 11th grades from across Palm Beach County who have a philanthropic idea that directly addresses issues in their community. Jennifer Shapiro-Sacks, Sun Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2023 Beginning with a base of philanthropic support, Lookout is using a combination of advertiser and online subscription revenue in an attempt to create a sustainable revenue stream. James Raineystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2023 Keena and Freeman are philanthropic partners, who spend time in Gulf Shores. al, 5 Feb. 2023 The ceremonial puck was dropped by Charlie Nash, founder of the Cream City Foundation, a fundraising and philanthropic organization addressing LGBTQ+ issues. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 1 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of philanthropic was in 1789

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“Philanthropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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phil·​an·​throp·​ic ˌfil-ən-ˈthräp-ik How to pronounce philanthropic (audio)
: of, relating to, or devoted to philanthropy : charitable, benevolent

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