Definition of charitable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃærətəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃærətəbl//
    Kind, Helping others
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  1. 1connected with a charity or charities a charitable institution/foundation/trust a charitable donation/gift (British English) to have charitable status (= to be an official charity) See related entries: Helping others
  2. 2helping people who are poor or in need His later years were devoted largely to charitable work. See related entries: Helping others
  3. 3kind in your attitude to other people, especially when you are judging them Let's be charitable and assume she just made a mistake. See related entries: Kind
  4. opposite uncharitable
    Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘showing Christian love to God and man’): from Old French, from charite, from Latin caritas, from carus ‘dear’.Extra examples Less charitable accounts of his character say he was vain and selfish. Let’s be charitable and just assume she made a mistake. a charitable donation/​gift a charitable institution/​foundation/​trust to have charitable status
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: charitable