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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Other Words from philanthropic

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 Novak also was known for her philanthropic work and entrepreneurship in the city. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Gayle Novak, 2018 Ms. Senior America, philanthropist and restaurateur, dies in her Englewood home," 29 Oct. 2019 The late Princess Diana is famous for so many things, including her impeccable sense of style, her fairy-tale wedding, her incredible philanthropic work, and her tragic death. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Watch a shocking clip from new documentary Princess Diana's 'Wicked' Stepmother," 24 Oct. 2019 On Being A Natural Born Disruptor In a statement to Variety, Frankel declared that her next chapter would be all about her daughter Bryn Hoppy with ex Jason Hoppy, philanthropic work, and new production partnership. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Real Housewives Of New York," 24 Aug. 2019 According to ITV News, the game is also a way to promote the Invictus Games, a philanthropic project of Prince Harry's: Former Invictus Games competitors are set to throw the first pitch of the historic game. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Made a Surprise Appearance at a Baseball Game in London With Prince Harry," 29 June 2019 The Hall Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization headed by the owners of Hallmark Greeting Cards and the Hallmark Channel, purchased the image on behalf of the museum in mid-November. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This May Be the Earliest Known Image of Enslaved Individuals With Cotton," 7 Dec. 2019 Bill also generously shared his time and leadership skills with multiple philanthropic organizations, including Perception House, the Covenant Soup Kitchen, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Roundtable., "William M. Ryan," 6 Nov. 2019 Otto Bremer Trust is one of the region’s largest philanthropic organizations. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, "Bremer Bank owners consider putting it up for sale," 28 Oct. 2019 The transformation of New Orleans into an all-charter city was spearheaded by a handful of large philanthropic organizations, and cultivating relationships with these institutions is often essential to a school’s survival. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of philanthropic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Philanthropic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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