- 1Relating to the assistance of those in need: he has spent £50,000 on charitable causesMore example sentences
- ‘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 hospitalMore example sentences
- 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 peopleMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Apt to judge others leniently or favourably: those who were less charitable called for his resignationMore example sentences
- In handling the disputes of which daily life in Massachusetts was full, he was unfailingly humble, flexible, lenient, charitable, and fair.
- After seventy-five years, less charitable readers might well judge him ready for retirement.
- In future, the movement will be more humane, more charitable with a greater respect for dissenting opinion, there will be less purges and more accommodation.
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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).