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[fil-uh n-throp-ik] /ˌfɪl ənˈθrɒp ɪk/
of, pertaining to, engaged in, or characterized by philanthropy; benevolent:
a philanthropic foundation.
Also, philanthropical.
Origin of philanthropic
1780-90; philanthrop(y) + -ic
Related forms
philanthropically, adverb
nonphilanthropic, adjective
nonphilanthropical, adjective
pseudophilanthropic, adjective
pseudophilanthropical, adjective
pseudophilanthropically, adverb
unphilanthropic, adjective
unphilanthropically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for philanthropic
  • He also unveiled proposals to help school districts recruit good teachers and to promote philanthropic giving to nonprofit groups.
  • In general, a high proportion of supposedly philanthropic giving goes to gratifying people's egos rather than to helping the poor.
  • To me this an example of philanthropic money wisely spent.
  • Few of these non-profits are philanthropic in the sense of old money.
  • We were curious, too, just what he would say about his role in establishing a philanthropic template for later generations.
  • We've not pulled back on advertising or philanthropic efforts, even though that is the natural tendency.
  • Meanwhile, as the skateboard king hits middle age, he hopes to leave a philanthropic legacy.
  • If they choose to do so because they feel a moral obligation, it should be viewed as a philanthropic act.
  • In that period he also took part in many civic and philanthropic activities.
  • Lopez said his mother also inspired that first philanthropic gesture, when he won the prize money.
British Dictionary definitions for philanthropic


showing concern for humanity, esp by performing charitable actions, donating money, etc
Derived Forms
philanthropically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for philanthropic

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

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