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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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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They are boosted by funds from Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic group formed by Eric Schmidt, a Google executive involved in scientific philanthropy. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "New Group Aims to Bolster Science in Policymaking," 25 June 2018 The month of May was just winding down when more than 50 Las Candelas members gathered at Oakmont Country Club to celebrate 65 years of the philanthropic group’s work and to welcome its new board of officers. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: Las Candelas members mark anniversary; A Noise Within, Pasadena Conservatory join forces for French-themed event," 12 June 2018 More David Koch, 78 years old, has long served as vice president of Koch Industries and been active in Republican politics, conservative organizations and philanthropic groups. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "David Koch Steps Down From Company, Political Groups," 5 June 2018 The study was funded by philanthropic groups in France and Canada. Lindsey Tanner,, "Study finds rare gain for tough-to-treat pancreatic cancer," 4 June 2018 The study began in 2006 and was paid for by the United States and Canadian governments and philanthropic groups. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo," 3 June 2018 The foundation expects that other philanthropic groups will contribute an additional $30 million for the project. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Houston nonprofit pledges $20 million to study gun violence," 31 May 2018 Only about 200 women from all of San Francisco get to be members of a philanthropic group that dates to 1929. Bella Depaulo,, "Think single people are selfish? The research proves otherwise," 26 May 2018 By mid 2017, the fund had grown to $6.75 million through philanthropic groups, individual and corporate grants, New Markets Tax Credit equity, private loans and investments, and was poised to award loans. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron Community Revitalization Fund awards $650k loan; makes way for Phase 2 of Northside Marketplace," 14 May 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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