[ char-i-tuh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: charitablecharitablenesscharitably on

  1. generous in donations or gifts to relieve the needs of indigent, ill, or helpless people, or of animals: a charitable man giving much money to feed people experiencing food insecurity.

  2. kindly or lenient in judging people, acts, etc.: charitable in his opinions of others.

  1. relating to or concerned with charity: a charitable institution.

Origin of charitable

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Old French, equivalent to charit(e) charity + -able -able

synonym study For charitable

1. See generous.

Other words for charitable

Opposites for charitable

Other words from charitable

  • char·i·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • char·i·ta·bly, adverb
  • non·char·i·ta·ble, adjective
  • non·char·i·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • non·char·i·ta·bly, adverb
  • o·ver·char·i·ta·ble, adjective
  • o·ver·char·i·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • o·ver·char·i·ta·bly, adverb
  • pseu·do·char·i·ta·ble, adjective
  • pseu·do·char·i·ta·bly, adverb
  • qua·si-char·i·ta·ble, adjective
  • qua·si-char·i·ta·bly, adverb

Words Nearby charitable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use charitable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for charitable


/ (ˈtʃærɪtəbəl) /

  1. generous in giving to the needy

  2. kind or lenient in one's attitude towards others

  1. concerned with or involving charity

Derived forms of charitable

  • charitableness, noun
  • charitably, adverb

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