Definition of charitable in English:

charitable

adjective

  • 1Relating to the assistance of those in need:

    ‘he has spent £50,000 on charitable causes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Belle Vue are to help young patients at Booth Hall and Pendlebury children's hospitals in a unique charitable partnership which was announced today.’
    • ‘Deeply religious, the Princess Mother spent much of Her life assisting charitable causes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many options exist for charitable giving that can affect your tax bottom line. Some options can reduce estate taxes too.’
    • ‘If Chris Martin is eager to perform more charitable acts, he should bring these boys back on tour with him.’
    • ‘In fact, the UK is now the most liberal environment for charitable giving in the world, which is great news for generous Brits.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘While opting out may reduce charitable solicitations, it won't eliminate them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The charitable assistance provided by the foundation was a fine effort to support the disadvantaged in our society.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Christian religious groups maintained hundreds of charitable hospitals for victims of leprosy.’
      • ‘Around the ashram has developed a 1,000-child school and a charitable hospital.’
      • ‘Unless they can find friends or charitable bodies or persons, they will indeed be destitute.’
      • ‘A charitable hospital provides free treatment to 800 outpatients at any given point of time.’
      • ‘It has also built charitable hospitals and other institutions that serve a large number of people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was speaking at the Quaker-run charitable psychiatric hospital The Retreat.’
      • ‘Groups that apply must be connected with sport, the arts, heritage, charitable activity, health, the environment or education.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gains are to be had through friends or public and charitable institutions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Program officials invite Airmen to contribute to any of the Air Force's four official charitable organizations.’
      • ‘The charity drive helped 1,300 children from disadvantaged homes receive assistance at various charitable organizations.’
      • ‘We have got charitable status and we are now able to draw grant funding for some of the various projects.’
      • ‘The proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations and student activities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have a bill here that affects the charitable sector - 37,000 charities.’
      • ‘For example, one of the main forms of assistance available to the charitable sector is the exemption from paying income tax.’
      • ‘Independent of this, citizens seem to be donating generously to international charitable organisations.’
      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’
      • ‘She is perhaps best remembered as a charitable friend of the sick and downtrodden.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anything else we do after that is charitable and generous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 is one of the most genuinely charitable people I know, giving of both his time and his money.’
      • ‘A gentleman was expected to be hospitable, charitable, fair-minded.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘This is why the Torah requires us to be charitable and hospitable to a slave.’
      • ‘I have to say, Mr. Galloway, you are a charitable man with a big heart.’
      • ‘He said Harris was an ‘outstanding actor, singer and poet’ and an extremely loyal friend and a very charitable man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A friendly and charitable man Bill was very popular throughout the area and highly respected.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Annie ran Tobin's Café on the Quay for some 30 years where she was known to be a very generous and charitable lady.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His love, welling up in us, fills us with hope that our world can become more loving, more compassionate, and more charitable.’
      • ‘They are by nature generous, kind-hearted and charitable people.’
      • ‘A charitable and compassionate man his passing was occasioned by much sadness among his many friends.’
      • ‘Your mother was a very charitable woman, I see.’
      • ‘A by-product of her spirituality, manifested in a variety of ways, has always been her generosity and charitable disposition.’
      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’
    • ‘So have we so lost our ability to feel compassion or be charitable in the face of sporting failure, that losing has become unacceptable?’
    • ‘The Durranis belong to a tribe that straddles Pakistan and Afghanistan and is widely reputed to be fair-minded, charitable and moderate.’
    • ‘The most charitable interpretation of this sudden hesitation is that our liberal friends are confused about ends and means.’
    • ‘Lies told about your most sincere and heartfelt efforts do not inspire charitable thoughts.’
    • ‘I consider myself a fairly charitable and tolerant person.’
    • ‘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 future, the movement will be more humane, more charitable with a greater respect for dissenting opinion, there will be less purges and more accommodation.’
    • ‘This is typical of his benign, easy-going, essentially charitable approach.’
    • ‘Anyway, I'll take the charitable approach and assume you didn't mean to say something that sounds incredibly arrogant.’
    • ‘At times this approached a rankling self-righteousness, but generally his contemporaries saw him as reserved, gentle, and charitable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, when they address those outside their community, they take a more charitable approach.’
    • ‘In my more charitable moments, I can forgive my grandfather his selfishness.’
    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/