- generous in donations or gifts to relieve the needs of indigent, ill, or helpless persons, or of animals: a charitable man giving much money to feed the poor.
- kindly or lenient in judging people, acts, etc.: charitable in his opinions of others.
- pertaining to or concerned with charity: a charitable institution.
Origin of charitable
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Examples from the Web for charitably
To put it charitably, this is the jurisprudence of the simpleton.Who to Blame for Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy
April 30, 2014
His relationship with Romney, a fellow Mormon and longtime acquaintance, can be charitably described as frosty.Mitt Romney’s Unruly Surrogates
May 31, 2012
They might have been of pity, but were not so charitably interpreted.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
"Perhaps she's only tired though," thought Janie charitably.The New Girl at St. Chad's
"It's a very natural one, I am afraid," said Mr. Everett charitably.In Blue Creek Caon
Anna Chapin Ray
She thought she saw through all this, and she could interpret it all charitably.Elsie Venner
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The farmer believed the falsehood, and charitably gave them a good dinner.The Runaway
- generous in giving to the needy
- kind or lenient in one's attitude towards others
- concerned with or involving charity
Word Origin and History for charitably
c.1200, in reference to the Christian virtue, from Old French charitable, from charité (see charity). Meaning "liberal in treatment of the poor" is from c.1400; that of "inclined to impute favorable motives to others" is from 1620s. Related: Charitableness; charitably.