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

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The philanthropic organization was established by Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937 and has an endowment valued at $1.8 billion. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston architecture firm shortlisted in Houston Endowment HQ competition," 7 Aug. 2019 The images were purchased by two philanthropic foundations for $30 million in an auction to settle publisher's debts. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Troops are 'monitoring' migrants, payday loans and Ebony photos find a home: The Morning Rundown," 26 July 2019 Perot added the $20 million profit to his philanthropic foundation’s coffers. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: Tom Luce gets tapped to authenticate a Magna Carta and bring it safely to Dallas," 12 July 2019 The quality of cultural institutions also has improved, largely with the help of the Lilly Endowment, a philanthropic foundation established by the Lilly family. Peter Krouse,, "Indianapolis surged under “Unigov,” while Cleveland just clunked along: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 8 July 2019 Roc Nation is an entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, with whom Meek has collaborated on numerous ventures of late, both commercial and philanthropic. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Meek Mill to get new trial and judge, Pennsylvania appeals court rules," 24 July 2019 Private money fuels the first, public and philanthropic money the second. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Harald Szeemann’s Revolutionary Curating," 15 July 2019 The influx of philanthropic and public money sets the stage for the organization to resume a regular schedule of competitions starting in the fall., "After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis," 7 July 2019 The rich and philanthropic can be as tribal as anyone, so Kanders isn’t going anywhere. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019

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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 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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