[ char-i-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˈtʃær ɪ tə bəl /


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

1300–50; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to charit(e) charity + -able -able

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See generous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for charitable


/ (ˈtʃærɪtəbəl) /


generous in giving to the needy
kind or lenient in one's attitude towards others
concerned with or involving charity

Derived Forms

charitableness, nouncharitably, adverb
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