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philanthropic

[fil-uh n-throp-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, engaged in, or characterized by philanthropy; benevolent: a philanthropic foundation.
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Sometimes phil·an·throp·i·cal.

Origin of philanthropic

First recorded in 1780–90; philanthrop(y) + -ic
Related formsphil·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·phil·an·throp·ic, adjectivenon·phil·an·throp·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·phil·an·throp·ic, adjectivepseu·do·phil·an·throp·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·phil·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverbun·phil·an·throp·ic, adjectiveun·phil·an·throp·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for philanthropical

Historical Examples

  • I didn't expect any philanthropical business, and I don't give it.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908

    Various

  • I live thus because I like it, and not from any philosophical or philanthropical standpoint.

    At Large

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • At first, as a matter of fact, the thing was quite a philanthropical concern.

    The Gold Bat

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • I didnt expect any philanthropical business, and I dont give it.

    The Wayfarers

    Mary Stewart Cutting

  • In doing so we intend, and wish, and strive to be philanthropical.


British Dictionary definitions for philanthropical

philanthropic

philanthropical

adjective
  1. showing concern for humanity, esp by performing charitable actions, donating money, etc
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Derived Formsphilanthropically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for philanthropical

philanthropic

adj.

1789, from French philanthropique (18c.), from Greek philanthropikos (adj.), from philanthropia "humanity, benevolence, kindliness" (see philanthropy). Related: Philanthropical; philanthropically (1787).

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