phil·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik \
variants: or less commonly philanthropical \ ˌfi-​lən-​ˈthrä-​pi-​kəl \

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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Other Words from philanthropic

philanthropically \ ˌfi-​lən-​ˈthrä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of philanthropic in a Sentence

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

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The organizations chosen clearly represent Meghan's interests, and help to set the tone for kind of philanthropic work the Duchess plans to take on over the course of her lifetime. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Officially Announces Her First Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 There are folks who channel their unused sensual energy into doing philanthropic work or picking up a hobby or binge-watching TV. Phoebe Robinson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Phoebe Robinson's 9 Tips on How to Be Single That Don't Actually Suck," 17 Oct. 2018 The African Parks Foundation of America is managing 15 national parks across Africa entirely by philanthropic donations, forming partnerships with governments to manage conservation. National Geographic, "Meet the Man Who Knew Cecil the Lion Best," 28 Apr. 2018 But the behavior clinic at the school is supported by philanthropic donations, according to Jason Parry, vice president for development for Penfield. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Here's how Oprah could get another good idea in Milwaukee — visit Penfield Montessori," 9 Mar. 2018 The funding includes $1 million from the NFL; the host committee raised the rest through philanthropic donations. USA TODAY, "Super Bowl legacy fund helps kids get active, healthy," 1 Feb. 2018 The same is true for Opportunity Zones, quasi-philanthropic projects that offer tax breaks for investing in undeveloped parts of the U.S. and remain a new fascination in the world of the megarich. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 In the decade since his retirement, Mutombo has invested millions in philanthropic causes in his native country and abroad. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem," 27 Nov. 2018 Among her many philanthropic causes, two favorites were Dallas CASA, which supports abused and neglected children, and the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas, a wildlife preserve named after one of her sons, who died in 2003. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Caroline Hunt, Heiress to Oil Riches, Owned Luxury Hotels and Clung to Frugal Habits," 23 Nov. 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 \

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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