Etymology
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charitable (adj.)

c. 1200, in reference to the Christian virtue, "benevolent, kind, manifesting Christian love in its highest and broadest form," from Old French charitable, from charité (see charity). Meaning "liberal in treatment of the poor" is from c. 1400; that of "inclined to impute favorable motives to others" is from 1620s. Related: Charitableness; charitably.

updated on November 02, 2017

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Definitions of charitable from WordNet

charitable (adj.)
relating to or characterized by charity;
a charitable foundation
charitable (adj.)
full of love and generosity;
a charitable trust
charitable to the poor
charitable (adj.)
showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity;
was charitable in his opinions of others
Synonyms: benevolent / kindly / sympathetic / good-hearted / openhearted / large-hearted
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