- 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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Related Wordsaltruistic, humanitarian, philanthropic, accommodating, benign, tolerant, thoughtful, magnanimous, forgiving, considerate, gracious, beneficent, benevolent, big, bountiful, eleemosynary, good, helpful, humane, kind
Examples from the Web for charitable
In the meantime, Epstein has tried to use his charitable projects to float him back to the top.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Under the most charitable interpretation, his administration was simply mistaken.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
By the way, killjoys, American charitable giving goes up by 42 percent during this season of crass materialistic greed and excess.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Since then, Gurira has become active in social justice and charitable causes.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
He created a bunch of charitable foundations through which he could direct his campaigns.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
I am charitable enough to hope that this gratified her more than it vexed me, which was not at all.In the Valley
I tried to be charitable, to relieve poverty, but they say there is no poverty to be relieved.City of Endless Night
The duchess only survived Fox a year; she died in 1806, beloved, charitable, penitent.Beaux and Belles of England
She was interested in all church duties 252 and in all charitable enterprises.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
It is true, there is infinite pleasure in this charitable pursuit.The Contrast
- 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 charitable
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.