Definition of charitable in English:

charitable

adjective

  • 1Relating to the assistance of those in need.

    ‘he has spent £50,000 on charitable causes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the lay population, confraternities were an important source of devotional association, mutual aid, and charitable assistance to the poor.’
    • ‘Belle Vue are to help young patients at Booth Hall and Pendlebury children's hospitals in a unique charitable partnership which was announced today.’
    • ‘Consequently, hospitals were supported by charitable donations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, the UK is now the most liberal environment for charitable giving in the world, which is great news for generous Brits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The charitable assistance provided by the foundation was a fine effort to support the disadvantaged in our society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While opting out may reduce charitable solicitations, it won't eliminate them.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘If Chris Martin is eager to perform more charitable acts, he should bring these boys back on tour with him.’
    • ‘Many options exist for charitable giving that can affect your tax bottom line. Some options can reduce estate taxes too.’
    • ‘Immediately before the second world war the prestigious forerunners of Britain's present day teaching hospitals were financed by charitable contributions.’
    • ‘But it's the best way to highlight the charitable deeds and thank warm-hearted foreign friends.’
    • ‘Deeply religious, the Princess Mother spent much of Her life assisting charitable causes.’
    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 Thornbury Centre on Leeds Old Road in Bradford, like many organisations run through charitable means, is suffering from a lack of cash.’
      • ‘Around the ashram has developed a 1,000-child school and a charitable hospital.’
      • ‘It has also built charitable hospitals and other institutions that serve a large number of people.’
      • ‘The charity drive helped 1,300 children from disadvantaged homes receive assistance at various charitable organizations.’
      • ‘Groups that apply must be connected with sport, the arts, heritage, charitable activity, health, the environment or education.’
      • ‘For example, one of the main forms of assistance available to the charitable sector is the exemption from paying income tax.’
      • ‘The proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations for public assistance.’
      • ‘Program officials invite Airmen to contribute to any of the Air Force's four official charitable organizations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was speaking at the Quaker-run charitable psychiatric hospital The Retreat.’
      • ‘Gains are to be had through friends or public and charitable institutions.’
      • ‘We have a bill here that affects the charitable sector - 37,000 charities.’
      • ‘Independent of this, citizens seem to be donating generously to international charitable organisations.’
      • ‘We have got charitable status and we are now able to draw grant funding for some of the various projects.’
      • ‘Christian religious groups maintained hundreds of charitable hospitals for victims of leprosy.’
      • ‘He was a generous benefactor to charitable institutions in Baltimore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A charitable hospital provides free treatment to 800 outpatients at any given point of time.’
      • ‘The proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations and student activities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unless they can find friends or charitable bodies or persons, they will indeed be destitute.’
      philanthropic, humanitarian, humane, altruistic, benevolent, beneficent, welfare, public-spirited, socially concerned, doing good works
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    2. 1.2 Generous in giving to those in need.
      ‘he had to collect his daily food from charitable people’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A gentleman was expected to be hospitable, charitable, fair-minded.’
      • ‘Anything else we do after that is charitable and generous.’
      • ‘I have to say, Mr. Galloway, you are a charitable man with a big heart.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Your mother was a very charitable woman, I see.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 charitable and compassionate man his passing was occasioned by much sadness among his many friends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A friendly and charitable man Bill was very popular throughout the area and highly respected.’
      • ‘A by-product of her spirituality, manifested in a variety of ways, has always been her generosity and charitable disposition.’
      • ‘She is perhaps best remembered as a charitable friend of the sick and downtrodden.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said Harris was an ‘outstanding actor, singer and poet’ and an extremely loyal friend and a very charitable man.’
      • ‘This is why the Torah requires us to be charitable and hospitable to a slave.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are by nature generous, kind-hearted and charitable people.’
      • ‘He is one of the most genuinely charitable people I know, giving of both his time and his money.’
      • ‘His love, welling up in us, fills us with hope that our world can become more loving, more compassionate, and more charitable.’
      • ‘Most of all he had a most generous and charitable character.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘The most charitable interpretation of this sudden hesitation is that our liberal friends are confused about ends and means.’
    • ‘I consider myself a fairly charitable and tolerant person.’
    • ‘Anyway, I'll take the charitable approach and assume you didn't mean to say something that sounds incredibly arrogant.’
    • ‘After seventy-five years, less charitable readers might well judge him ready for retirement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In handling the disputes of which daily life in Massachusetts was full, he was unfailingly humble, flexible, lenient, charitable, and fair.’
    • ‘At times this approached a rankling self-righteousness, but generally his contemporaries saw him as reserved, gentle, and charitable.’
    • ‘Lies told about your most sincere and heartfelt efforts do not inspire charitable thoughts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So have we so lost our ability to feel compassion or be charitable in the face of sporting failure, that losing has become unacceptable?’
    • ‘This is typical of his benign, easy-going, essentially charitable approach.’
    • ‘In my more charitable moments, I can forgive my grandfather his selfishness.’
    • ‘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/