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 philanthropic (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

Other Words from philanthropic

philanthropically \ ˌfi-​lən-​ˈthrä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce philanthropic (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 In addition to the current news, the Queen was recently acknowledged for her philanthropic endeavors and as one of the most prominent women working in media and entertainment at Variety’s Power of Women in-person event on May 5th. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 10 May 2022 Held at the Glass House in New York City, the Power of Women event honored the women of Hollywood who have made an impact through their philanthropic endeavors and professional achievements. Sasha Urban, Variety, 5 May 2022 Engelbert said the league will have a philanthropic initiative to honor Griner this season. Jenna Ortiz, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Engelbert said the league will have a philanthropic initiative to honor Griner this season. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 Set for dinner and a show at the Hollywood Palladium, the event historically benefits Tyler’s charity organization Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative to raise awareness for young girls who have survived abuse and neglect. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Here’s more on the format for the philanthropic initiative. Marc Bona, cleveland, 20 Feb. 2022 In March 2020, Kimmich and his Bayern Munich teammate Leon Goretzka (26) founded WeKickCorona, a philanthropic initiative that raised $7M to help Germans struggling in the pandemic. Marie Schulte-bockum, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 The philanthropic initiative from Bezos comes as he and fellow billionaires such as Richard Branson, the Virgin Galactic investor, face criticism for spending their wealth on space tourism. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 20 July 2021 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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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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