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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.

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. William Shakespeare:

    Angels and ministers of grace defend us.Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned,Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,Be thy intents wicked, or charitable,Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,That I will speak to thee.

  2. Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh:

    Then he saw also that it matters little what profession, whether of religion or irreligion, a man may make, provided only he follows it out with charitable inconsistency, and without insisting on it to the bitter end. It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.

  3. William Hanson:

    If she ever goes back they would probably be conservative roles not like her last role in ‘ Suits. ’ She will probably focus more on her charitable interests, humanitarian interests, her role when she gets married will be the Duchess of Sussex.

  4. Democratic Florida Rep. Kathy Castor:

    The FDA’s regulation of individually-rolled, premium cigars in general is unreasonable and has led to unintentional, but very real consequences, like halting one of the most popular charitable donations to our troops.

  5. Patrick King:

    Donor advised funds are one of my go-to strategies for reducing taxes for people who are already charitable.

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