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[char-i-tuh-buh l] /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
charitableness, noun
charitably, adverb
noncharitable, adjective
noncharitableness, noun
noncharitably, adverb
overcharitable, adjective
overcharitableness, noun
overcharitably, adverb
pseudocharitable, adjective
pseudocharitably, adverb
quasi-charitable, adjective
quasi-charitably, adverb
1. beneficent, liberal, bountiful, benevolent. See generous. 2. broad-minded, considerate, mild.
1. selfish. 2. severe, intolerant. Unabridged
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  • Jobs has not used his prominence to promote charitable giving.
  • Church groups will aggregate demand to influence charitable giving.
  • But by global standards, its charitable giving is miserly.
  • Most of them really can't afford to be engaged in academic charitable giving.
  • Please tell us your best charitable giving ideas for the season.
  • Thus the warm glow that accompanies charitable giving has a physiological basis.
  • Clearly, the world of food-related charitable giving is much broader than in decades past.
  • Increased charitable giving and two more dependents explains some of it, but not much.
  • In the midst of the financial crisis, he said he regretted his shrunken salary because it put a crimp on his charitable giving.
  • charitable giving is down this year while demand is up.
British Dictionary definitions for charitable


generous in giving to the needy
kind or lenient in one's attitude towards others
concerned with or involving charity
Derived Forms
charitableness, noun
charitably, adverb
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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