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Definition of "charitable" []

  • Generous in giving money or other help to the needy. (adjective)
  • Mild or tolerant in judging others; lenient. (adjective)
  • Of, for, or concerned with charity: a charitable organization. See Synonyms at benevolent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "charitable" in a sentence
  • "The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency."
  • "I presume that, if you are willing to tout, through general publication, certain "charitable" organizations as "the best" in a particular region of Mexico that you are prepared to do your due diligence to assure potential contributors that funds contributed to a thus chosen organization will be expended in a manner entirely consistent with the goals of the contributor."
  • "For example, The Salvation Army's iconic Red Kettle Campaign, which provides food, toys and clothing to the needy during Christmas, reached a new record in charitable gifts in 2008 that was up 10 percent from the year before."