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
Recent Examples on the Web Error 0: Tito’s has donated a $1 million grant to Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center via the brand’s philanthropic arm, Love, Tito’s. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Tito's Handmade Vodka gives $1M grant to Baylor College of Medicine for COVID-19 vaccine," 18 May 2020 The site is backed by the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and doctors and professional writers produce its content under the guidance of a medical review panel. David Nield, Popular Science, "Where to find trustworthy information about COVID-19 and other health issues," 16 May 2020 Its philanthropic arm, the Reliance Foundation, helped dedicate hundreds of hospital beds in Mumbai to treating coronavirus patients. Akanksha Sharma And Manveena Suri, CNN, "Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani will forgo his salary until the pandemic eases," 1 May 2020 San Francisco has also established a philanthropic arm in response to the coronavirus to help small businesses and workers at Shwanika Narayan,, "Bay Area small businesses: How to get coronavirus financial help," 3 Apr. 2020 Delivery orders for health care workers have begun coming in, ranging in ambition from bags of sandwiches paid for by small pledges on GoFundMe pages to multicourse meals subsidized by the philanthropic arms of major companies. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Restaurants Find Hope in Delivering Donated Meals to Hospitals," 30 Mar. 2020 After closing its hotels in Mexico and Jamaica, Palace Hotels, which counts the all-inclusive Isla Mujeres among its portfolio, tapped its philanthropic arm to donate unused food to locals whose livelihoods rely on tourism. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "All the Ways the Travel Industry Is Helping with Coronavirus," 26 Mar. 2020 Seven years after her death, the teen is now the subject of the latest public service announcement from Team ROC, the philanthropic arm of Jay-Z's entertainment company, and the NFL. NBC News, "Gun violence claimed Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton's life. Her mom is fighting back.," 11 Mar. 2020 The philanthropic arm of Columbia Gas’s parent company, NiSource, the foundation provides funding and encourages volunteer support for nonprofits in communities where NiSource employees live and work. John Laidler,, "Grant pays for training to prevent violence at Lawrence hospital," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of philanthropic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Philanthropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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