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From Old French charitable.
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charitable (comparative more charitable, superlative most charitable)
- Pertaining to charity.
- Kind, generous.
- 1884, John Ruskin, “By the Rivers of Waters”, in “Our Fathers Have Told Us.”: Sketches of the History of Christendom for Boys and Girls who have been Held at Its Fonts, part I (The Bible of Amiens), Orpington, Kent: George Allen, →OCLC, pages 30–31:
- St. Martin [of Tours] looks round, first, deliberately;—becomes aware of a tatterdemalion and thirsty-looking soul of a beggar at his chair side, who has managed to get his cup filled somehow, also—by a charitable lacquey. St. Martin turns his back on the Empress, and hobnobs with him!
- 2017 April 6, Samira Shackle, “On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers”, in the Guardian:
- Pakistan can sometimes be a cruel environment, its residents caught between the dual pressures of poverty and violence. Yet it is also a place of great kindness, with a strong culture of charitable giving.
- Having a purpose or character of a charity.
pertaining to charity
having a purpose or character of a charity
From Old French charitable, from charité.
charitable (plural charitables)
- charitable (all senses)
- “charitable”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.