Something that's charitable has to do with helping people who need assistance. A charitable act might include volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.

A charitable donation is money you give to an organization that helps needy people — and the organization itself is also charitable. You can also use the word to describe, more generally, someone who's kind and generous, or the quality of giving people the benefit of the doubt: "He always had such a charitable opinions of me." Charitable comes from charity, from the Old French charité, "mercy or compassion."

Definitions of charitable

adj relating to or characterized by charity

“a charitable foundation”

adj showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

“was charitable in his opinions of others”
benevolent, good-hearted, kindly, large-hearted, openhearted, sympathetic
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

adj full of love and generosity

charitable to the poor”
“a charitable trust”
beneficent, benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropic
generous in assistance to the poor
willing to give and share unstintingly
lacking love and generosity
stingy, ungenerous
unwilling to spend
meanspirited, ungenerous
lacking in magnanimity
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