Kind and generous, often with a desire to help those in need.


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Part of speech



Benevolent, philanthropic, unselfish, generous, compassionate


Stingy, ungenerous, selfish, greedy, tightfisted

Example sentences:

  • The charitable organization helped to provide food and shelter to those affected by the disaster.
  • The millionaire was known for his charitable donations to various causes.
  • The charity event was a great success, thanks to the charitable contributions of many individuals and companies.


The word “charitable” comes from the Latin word “caritas,” which means “love.” The root word “charity” refers to the act of giving to those in need. Someone who is charitable is characterized by their desire to help others and their willingness to give of their time, money, or resources to support those in need. Charitable organizations often work to support causes such as poverty relief, disaster relief, and medical research.