What does generosity mean?

Definitions for generosity
ˌdʒɛn əˈrɒs ɪ tigen·eros·i·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word generosity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. generosity, generousnessnoun

    the trait of being willing to give your money or time

  2. generosity, unselfishnessnoun

    acting generously


  1. generositynoun

    the trait of being willing to donate money and/or time

  2. generositynoun

    acting generously

  3. generositynoun

    the trait of being more than adequate

  4. generositynoun

    good breeding; nobility of stock

  5. generositynoun

    a generous act

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Generositynoun

    The quality of being generous; magnanimity; liberality.

    Etymology: generosité, French; generositas, Latin.

    Can he be better principled in the grounds of true virtue and generosity than his young tutor is? John Locke, on Education.

    It would not have been your generosity, to have passed by such a fault as this. John Locke.


  1. Generosity

    Generosity (also called largess) is the virtue of being liberal in giving, often as gifts. Generosity is regarded as a virtue by various world religions and philosophies, and is often celebrated in cultural and religious ceremonies. Scientific investigation into generosity has examined the effect of a number of scenarios and games on individuals' generosity, and potential links with neurochemicals such as oxytocin, and relationship with similar feelings, such as that of empathy.


  1. generosity

    Generosity is the act of being kind and liberal in giving, often going beyond what is required or expected. It includes freely sharing one's time, talents, possessions, and means with others with no expectation of receiving something in return. Generosity can also refer to a person’s willingness to forgive, show compassion, and be tolerant towards others. It is one of the fundamental values that helps build harmonious and altruistic societies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generositynoun

    noble birth

  2. Generositynoun

    the quality of being noble; noble-mindedness

  3. Generositynoun

    liberality in giving; munificence


  1. Generosity

    Generosity is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait. In times of natural disaster, relief efforts are frequently provided, voluntarily, by individuals or groups acting unilaterally in making gifts of time, resources, goods, money, etc. Generosity is a guiding principle for many registered charities, foundations and non-profit organizations. Generosity can also be spending time, money, or labor, for others, without being rewarded in return. Although the term generosity often goes hand-in-hand with charity, many people in the public's eye want recognition for their good deeds. Donations are needed to support organizations and committees, however, generosity should not be limited to times of great need such as natural disasters and extreme situations. Generosity is not solely based on one's economic status, but instead, includes the individual's pure intentions of looking out for society's common good and giving from the heart. Generosity should reflect the individual's passion to help others. In Buddhism, generosity is one of the Ten Perfections and is the antidote to the self-chosen poison called greed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of generosity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of generosity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of generosity in a Sentence

  1. Marya Mannes:

    Generosity with strings is not generosity; It is a deal.

  2. Katherine Farley:

    We are extremely grateful that David has chosen to focus his generosity on the transformation of this venerable concert hall for a new era, his gift provides the critical impetus for the project’s fundraising campaign.

  3. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    People have gone about their business and in the aftermath of the end of the siege last night, people have responded with typical Australian decency and generosity.

  4. Confucius:

    To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

  5. Marya Mannes:

    Generosity with strings is not generosity It is a deal.

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