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 Though reluctant to take on the role, Beckinsale — who attributes her healthy complexion to good genes, limited sun exposure and her SPF routine — gravitated towards the brand's philanthropic efforts and quality products. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 Event proceeds will help support the club’s Fine Art and Artisan Art Fair, college scholarships, local social service organizations and other philanthropic efforts. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 Yet some of his other philanthropic efforts have gone awry. William Cohan, Town & Country, 18 Aug. 2022 This is far from the first time the athlete has helped a community through his philanthropic efforts. Giovana Gelhoren,, 22 July 2022 Like all of his concepts, 10 percent of Emile's proceeds will go to Lucille's 1913's philanthropic efforts. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 21 July 2022 But philanthropic pledges are growing about as fast as aid did for Louisianians after Katrina. Jacob Turcotte, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2022 In the suit, Newman's daughters Susan Newman and Nell Newman allege those in charge of the foundation have ignored philanthropic endeavors and are not giving enough to charities. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 26 Aug. 2022 Climate activists receive far less funding than major environmental groups, particularly from philanthropic interests, which give just a fraction of their spending for climate issues worldwide. Cara Buckley,, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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