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Definitions for charitable
ˈtʃær ɪ tə bəlchar·i·ta·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. charitableadjective

    relating to or characterized by charity

    "a charitable foundation"

  2. charitableadjective

    full of love and generosity

    "charitable to the poor"; "a charitable trust"

  3. charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-heartedadjective

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"


  1. charitableadjective

    Pertaining to charity.

  2. charitableadjective

    Kind, generous.

  3. charitableadjective

    Having a purpose or character of a charity.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Charitableadjective

    Etymology: charitable, Fr. from charité.

    He that hinders a charitable person from giving alms to a poor man, is tied to restitution, if he hindered him by fraud or violence. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    Shortly thou wilt behold me poor, and kneeling
    Before thy charitable door for bread. Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore.

    How shall we then wish, that it might be allowed us to live over our lives again, in order to fill every minute of them with charitable offices! Francis Atterbury.

    Health to himself, and to his infants bread
    The lab’rer bears: what his hard heart denies,
    His charitable vanity supplies. Alexander Pope.

    How had you been my friend else? Why have you that charitable title from thousands, did you not chiefly belong to my heart? William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Of a politick sermon that had no divinity, the king said to bishop Andrews, Call you this a sermon? The bishop answered; By a charitable construction it may be a sermon. Francis Bacon.


  1. charitable

    The practice of charity is the voluntary giving of help to those in need, as a humanitarian act, unmotivated by self-interest. There are a number of philosophies about charity, often associated with religion.


  1. charitable

    Charitable refers to the act of giving help, money, goods, or other forms of support generously to people in need. It is usually associated with non-profit organizations, individuals, or activities that aim to improve the lives of others and solve social problems, often without any expectation of profit or return. Being charitable also describes the quality of being kind, selfless, and generous towards others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charitableadjective

    full of love and good will; benevolent; kind

  2. Charitableadjective

    liberal in judging of others; disposed to look on the best side, and to avoid harsh judgment

  3. Charitableadjective

    liberal in benefactions to the poor; giving freely; generous; beneficent

  4. Charitableadjective

    of or pertaining to charity; springing from, or intended for, charity; relating to almsgiving; eleemosynary; as, a charitable institution

  5. Charitableadjective

    dictated by kindness; favorable; lenient

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charitable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charitable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of charitable in a Sentence

  1. Tibetan Doctrine:

    The greatest wealth consisteth in being charitable, And the greatest happiness in having tranquility of mind. Experience is the most beautiful adornment And the best comrade is one that hath no desire.

  2. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

  3. Dave Camp:

    This legislation will ultimately increase charitable giving by making these policies permanent and enabling charities to better serve those in need.

  4. Corey Lewandowski:

    I know that Donald Trump has donated over $100 million to charitable causes over the last number of years. $100 million. That's an insane amount of money by any standard, we'll be happy to release that information. (The Trump family has) been tremendous supporters of non-profit causes throughout the years. Mr. Trump has been phenomenal about donating his time, his efforts, his land and his money to charitable causes for many, many years.

  5. Ken White:

    There are two ways to take it : The way charitable and favorable to Special Counsel John Durham is this is basically making a case for this being material, the less charitable interpretation is, this is Durham doing what Special Counsel John Durham's going to do, basically making Special Counsel John Durham pitch for Trump as a victim.

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. arbalist
    • B. taper
    • C. subrogation
    • D. scalawag

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