Definition of charitable in English:

charitable

adjective

  • 1Relating to the assistance of those in need.

    ‘he has spent £50,000 on charitable causes’
    • ‘‘My father did so many charitable things in his lifetime, we would like to continue that work in his good name and build on it,’ said his son Waheed Abbasi.’
    • ‘Immediately before the second world war the prestigious forerunners of Britain's present day teaching hospitals were financed by charitable contributions.’
    • ‘Among the lay population, confraternities were an important source of devotional association, mutual aid, and charitable assistance to the poor.’
    • ‘Consequently, hospitals were supported by charitable donations.’
    • ‘Many options exist for charitable giving that can affect your tax bottom line. Some options can reduce estate taxes too.’
    • ‘Belle Vue are to help young patients at Booth Hall and Pendlebury children's hospitals in a unique charitable partnership which was announced today.’
    • ‘The charitable assistance provided by the foundation was a fine effort to support the disadvantaged in our society.’
    • ‘Many charitable solicitations appeal to your heart, but if you want to do the most good, it helps to keep your head in the game.’
    • ‘While opting out may reduce charitable solicitations, it won't eliminate them.’
    • ‘If Chris Martin is eager to perform more charitable acts, he should bring these boys back on tour with him.’
    • ‘Deeply religious, the Princess Mother spent much of Her life assisting charitable causes.’
    • ‘But it's the best way to highlight the charitable deeds and thank warm-hearted foreign friends.’
    • ‘They are known and recognised too as the most generous workforce in the land when it comes to assisting charitable and deserving causes, and the company cannot be unmindful of that.’
    • ‘And meanwhile we are expected to cough up another £450,000 by charitable donations to buy furniture for the new hospital.’
    • ‘Veteran drag artist Danny La Rue, who was born in Cork and emigrated to London with his mother as a child, receives an OBE for charitable services.’
    • ‘It is believed the £5,000 web link, funded by the hospital's transplant unit endowment charitable fund, is the first of its kind in the UK.’
    • ‘Taking the lead in the show was none other than a famous Hong Kong pop singer who pledged in all sincerity not to accept a penny from the charitable performance.’
    • ‘In fact, the UK is now the most liberal environment for charitable giving in the world, which is great news for generous Brits.’
    philanthropic, humanitarian, humane, altruistic, benevolent, beneficent, welfare, public-spirited, socially concerned, doing good works
    philanthropic, humanitarian, humane, altruistic, benevolent, beneficent, welfare, public-spirited, socially concerned, doing good works
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    1. 1.1(of an organization or activity) officially recognized as devoted to the assistance of those in need.
      ‘they set up a charitable trust to run the hospital’
      • ‘The proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations and student activities.’
      • ‘Program officials invite Airmen to contribute to any of the Air Force's four official charitable organizations.’
      • ‘Those who object to all or some of the activities of churches and other charitable organizations ought not to be obliged to support them through the tax system.’
      • ‘The charity drive helped 1,300 children from disadvantaged homes receive assistance at various charitable organizations.’
      • ‘The proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations for public assistance.’
      • ‘The Thornbury Centre on Leeds Old Road in Bradford, like many organisations run through charitable means, is suffering from a lack of cash.’
      • ‘Accountants at Baker Tilly have welcomed government plans to revise the definition of charity, which, they say, will go some way to clarify the boundaries of charitable activity.’
      • ‘Groups that apply must be connected with sport, the arts, heritage, charitable activity, health, the environment or education.’
      • ‘A charitable hospital provides free treatment to 800 outpatients at any given point of time.’
      • ‘Gains are to be had through friends or public and charitable institutions.’
      • ‘It has also built charitable hospitals and other institutions that serve a large number of people.’
      • ‘He was speaking at the Quaker-run charitable psychiatric hospital The Retreat.’
      • ‘We have a bill here that affects the charitable sector - 37,000 charities.’
      • ‘Christian religious groups maintained hundreds of charitable hospitals for victims of leprosy.’
      • ‘For example, one of the main forms of assistance available to the charitable sector is the exemption from paying income tax.’
      • ‘Around the ashram has developed a 1,000-child school and a charitable hospital.’
      • ‘Any non party-political activities of a charity should not affect its charitable status provided it acts in good faith and its activities are not illegal or against public policy.’
      • ‘We have got charitable status and we are now able to draw grant funding for some of the various projects.’
      • ‘He was a generous benefactor to charitable institutions in Baltimore.’
      • ‘Independent of this, citizens seem to be donating generously to international charitable organisations.’
      • ‘Unless they can find friends or charitable bodies or persons, they will indeed be destitute.’
      humanitarian, humane, altruistic, benevolent, beneficent, welfare, public-spirited, socially concerned, doing good works
      humanitarian, humane, altruistic, benevolent, beneficent, welfare, public-spirited, socially concerned, doing good works
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    2. 1.2Generous in giving to those in need.
      ‘he had to collect his daily food from charitable people’
      • ‘He's pessimistic about human nature; while he acknowledges that we can be nice, charitable, generous and altruistic, he's too smart to rely on it.’
      • ‘Helen, like so many Irish girls of the era, was all so generous and charitable to visitors and fellow Irish people during the ‘golden era’.’
      • ‘Anything else we do after that is charitable and generous.’
      • ‘Annie ran Tobin's Café on the Quay for some 30 years where she was known to be a very generous and charitable lady.’
      • ‘A by-product of her spirituality, manifested in a variety of ways, has always been her generosity and charitable disposition.’
      • ‘Most of all he had a most generous and charitable character.’
      • ‘Once he sees the way that his greedy, loveless life will end if he continues in his ways, Scrooge promises to be a more charitable, generous person to prevent such an end.’
      • ‘They are by nature generous, kind-hearted and charitable people.’
      • ‘I have to say, Mr. Galloway, you are a charitable man with a big heart.’
      • ‘Former publican and owner of Poole's Public House (now the Ramblers Rest), Seán was a friendly and charitable man with a smile for all he met.’
      • ‘He said Harris was an ‘outstanding actor, singer and poet’ and an extremely loyal friend and a very charitable man.’
      • ‘Mary, who died in Mountmellick, was a very charitable and friendly person was very well liked in the area and will be sadly missed by her many friends.’
      • ‘He is one of the most genuinely charitable people I know, giving of both his time and his money.’
      • ‘A friendly and charitable man Bill was very popular throughout the area and highly respected.’
      • ‘Your mother was a very charitable woman, I see.’
      • ‘She is perhaps best remembered as a charitable friend of the sick and downtrodden.’
      • ‘A gentleman was expected to be hospitable, charitable, fair-minded.’
      • ‘Wife of the late Tom Flynn, well known horse breeder, Mrs Flynn was a gentle, kind, charitable lady who was greatly liked and respected throughout the area.’
      • ‘His love, welling up in us, fills us with hope that our world can become more loving, more compassionate, and more charitable.’
      • ‘As I said, it was a lovely little bass, but I sold it to a friend who was keen to learn the bass, and for some reason I was feeling charitable and decided to do him a favour.’
      • ‘A charitable and compassionate man his passing was occasioned by much sadness among his many friends.’
      • ‘He seems to me to be the kind of person who'd want to go by Tim: easygoing, good-looking, charitable, not a science whiz but a nice guy all around.’
      • ‘This is why the Torah requires us to be charitable and hospitable to a slave.’
      • ‘Making no noise about their charitable and humanitarian inclinations, the young comrades of Lady Irwin have been working ever since for what they genuinely feel for.’
      big-hearted, giving, generous, liberal, open-handed, free-handed, magnanimous, munificent, bountiful
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  • 2Apt to judge others leniently or favourably.

    ‘those who were less charitable called for his resignation’
    • ‘In handling the disputes of which daily life in Massachusetts was full, he was unfailingly humble, flexible, lenient, charitable, and fair.’
    • ‘After seventy-five years, less charitable readers might well judge him ready for retirement.’
    • ‘In future, the movement will be more humane, more charitable with a greater respect for dissenting opinion, there will be less purges and more accommodation.’
    • ‘The Durranis belong to a tribe that straddles Pakistan and Afghanistan and is widely reputed to be fair-minded, charitable and moderate.’
    • ‘I consider myself a fairly charitable and tolerant person.’
    • ‘So have we so lost our ability to feel compassion or be charitable in the face of sporting failure, that losing has become unacceptable?’
    • ‘If you are going to be a Christian, then there is no way to avoid a tendency toward condemnatory judgment of the rich and gracious, charitable compassion for the poor.’
    • ‘At times this approached a rankling self-righteousness, but generally his contemporaries saw him as reserved, gentle, and charitable.’
    • ‘This is typical of his benign, easy-going, essentially charitable approach.’
    • ‘In my more charitable moments, I can forgive my grandfather his selfishness.’
    • ‘Lies told about your most sincere and heartfelt efforts do not inspire charitable thoughts.’
    • ‘The most charitable interpretation of this sudden hesitation is that our liberal friends are confused about ends and means.’
    • ‘Anyway, I'll take the charitable approach and assume you didn't mean to say something that sounds incredibly arrogant.’
    • ‘However, when they address those outside their community, they take a more charitable approach.’
    magnanimous, generous, generous to a fault, liberal, tolerant, moderate, easy-going, broad-minded, understanding, considerate, sympathetic, lenient, indulgent, forgiving, kind, kindly, compassionate, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, benign, mild, gracious
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘showing Christian love to God and man’): from Old French, from charite (see charity).

Pronunciation

charitable

/ˈtʃarɪtəb(ə)l/