• WordNet 3.6
    • adj charitable full of love and generosity "charitable to the poor","a charitable trust"
    • adj charitable showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity "was charitable in his opinions of others","kindly criticism","a kindly act","sympathetic words","a large-hearted mentor"
    • adj charitable relating to or characterized by charity "a charitable foundation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Charitable Dictated by kindness; favorable; lenient. "By a charitable construction it may be a sermon."
    • Charitable Full of love and good will; benevolent; kind. "Be thy intents wicked or charitable , . . . . . . I will speak to thee."
    • Charitable Liberal in benefactions to the poor; giving freely; generous; beneficent. "What charitable men afford to beggars."
    • Charitable Liberal in judging of others; disposed to look on the best side, and to avoid harsh judgment.
    • Charitable Of or pertaining to charity; springing from, or intended for, charity; relating to almsgiving; eleemosynary; as, a charitable institution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • charitable Pertaining to or characterized by charity. Disposed to exhibit charity; disposed to supply the wants of others; benevolent and kind; beneficent.
    • charitable Pertaining to almsgiving or relief of the poor; springing from charity, or intended for charity: as, a charitable enterprise; a charitable institution.
    • charitable Lenient in judging of others; not harsh; favorable: as, a charitable judgment of one's conduct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Charitable of or relating to charity: liberal to the poor
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “It is only necessary to grow old to become more charitable and even indulgent. I see no fault committed by others that I have not committed myself.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.”
  • J. August Strindberg
    “Family... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Charity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. charité—L. caritat-em, carus, dear.


In literature:

The settling of Georgia began with the charitable scheme of Oglethorpe.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
If we win, we'll donate the money to some charitable purpose.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
He devoted the remainder of his life to religious and charitable works.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
There are other charitable institutions in this community, although none so universal and large.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
In some cities the charitable organizations have missionaries whose work is among the denizens of the vice districts.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
This Mr. Afton must be a kind and charitable man.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
Offerings are made by all present for charitable institutions, and prayers recited for the life and prosperity of the child.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Much harm would be done, if the charitable vintner had not water ready for these flames.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
They added that he had left two hundred thousand francs, which he had given in his will to charitable objects.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
They held La Charite and Saint-Pierre-le-Moustier.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various

In poetry:

Against a priest indulg'd his rage,
Who charitably good,
To shield a widow's helpless age,
His avarice withstood.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
"My father," she said, "is soon to be seen:
The seely blind beggar of Bethnal Green,
That daily sits begging for charit-ie,
He is the good father of pretty Bessee."
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
Enough;--and wisest who from words forbear.
The kindly river rails not as it glides;
And suave and charitable, the winning air
Chides not at all, or only him who chides.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
Cannot the sigh of early grief
Move but one charitable mind?
Cannot one hand afford relief?
One Christian pity, and be kind?
Weep, weep, for thine was never joy,
O little wand'ring Negro-boy!
"The Negro Boy" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Victoria was a,noble Queen, the people must confess,
She was most charitable to them while in distress;
And in her disposition she wasn't proud nor vain,
And tears for her loss will fall as plentiful as rain.
"The Death of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
And let the innocent voices of the children at home or abroad
Ascend with cheerful shouts to the throne of God;
And sing aloud, "God Save our Gracious Queen!"
Because a good and charitable Sovereign she has been.
"An Ode to the Queen on Her Jubilee Year" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Chronicle photo by Toni Milbourne Students bag potatoes for a variety of charitable organizations during the early morning hours Saturday.
President Barack Obama speaks in Arlington, Va. At the time of year for giving to good causes, here's a look at some of the biggest celebrities on the entertainment scene and the charitable groups they support.
A search at (which I highly recommend any time you are considering making a donation to a charity) reveals that Baby Basics of Collier County is on the IRS list of charitable organizations.
White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions.
Charity Navigator, a 10-year-old nonprofit based in Glen Rock, New Jersey, helps individuals research charities and manage charitable donations.
In 2011, Belk 's Charity Sale raised more than $10 million for hundreds of participating charitable organizations throughout the South.
The sensual shot features in the calendar, which next year will highlight the charitable efforts of the models included.
Social media websites also are participating in the charitable side of the mega-show, which benefits the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Ocean of Love is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families.
Cross-country bike ride builds charitable results.
The blankets are provided to the fire department by Firefighter Support Services, a charitable organization for the very activity that Gaglio was reprimanded for performing.
For the past several years, this spirited group of seniors has gathered on a monthly basis to make specially crafted fleece blankets , which they donate to local groups or charitable organizations that need them.
The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) purchased the land on August 14, 2012 in a charitable sale from the Ferguson family.
First, we're glad someone finally understands the meaning of a true charitable act.
Charitable donations allow school to help students whose hardship is a hurdle to learning.

In science:

Philadelphia, PA: A report prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Grigg, L., R.
Biologists meet statisticians: A workshop for young scientists to foster interdisciplinary team work
Gretton acknowledge support of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Equivalence of distance-based and RKHS-based statistics in hypothesis testing
Let us, however, be more charitable to Weatherall.
Whither All the Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem?