Definition of charitable in English:


Line breaks: char¦it|able
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃarɪtəb(ə)l


  • 1Relating to the assistance of those in need: he has spent £50,000 on charitable causes
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    • ‘My father did so many charitable things in his lifetime, we would like to continue that work in his good name and build on it,’ said his son Waheed Abbasi.
    • Immediately before the second world war the prestigious forerunners of Britain's present day teaching hospitals were financed by charitable contributions.
    • Among the lay population, confraternities were an important source of devotional association, mutual aid, and charitable assistance to the poor.
  • 1.1(Of an organization or activity) officially recognized as devoted to the assistance of those in need: they set up a charitable trust to run the hospital
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    • The proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations and student activities.
    • Program officials invite Airmen to contribute to any of the Air Force's four official charitable organizations.
    • Those who object to all or some of the activities of churches and other charitable organizations ought not to be obliged to support them through the tax system.
  • 1.2Generous in giving to those in need: he had to collect his daily food from charitable people
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    • He's pessimistic about human nature; while he acknowledges that we can be nice, charitable, generous and altruistic, he's too smart to rely on it.
    • Helen, like so many Irish girls of the era, was all so generous and charitable to visitors and fellow Irish people during the ‘golden era’.
    • Anything else we do after that is charitable and generous.



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  • The verse has on many occasions inspired the noblest thoughts of toleration and charitableness.
  • In a further expression of charitableness, Paddy's widow Josephine and her four sons presented the library with a wonderful gift of text books.
  • He was no longer surprised at his charitableness towards Joel.


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  • Or to rephrase it charitably, this should be seen as a question of tactics rather than principles: is it more effective to fight preemptively or reactively?
  • In 1792 a few charitably disposed persons formed a society for the relief of the poor of this city, and from that time the organisation had done a vast amount of good work, maintained by subscriptions and collections.
  • There are a number of places where, naturally, I would not have worded that defense as Joe has, but on the whole I am grateful for his manful attempt to read what I said charitably.


Middle English (in the sense 'showing Christian love to God and man'): from Old French, from charite (see charity).

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