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charitable

adjective uk   /ˈtʃær.ɪ.tə.bl̩/ us    /ˈtʃer.ɪ.t̬ə-/

charitable adjective (GIVING)

[before noun] giving money, food, or help free to those who are in need because they are ill, poor, or have no home: a charitable foundation/organization/trust The entire organization is funded by charitable donations. The school has charitable status (= it is officially a charity).

charitable adjective (KIND)

kind, and not judging other people in a severe way: Some critics said the show was good in parts - those less charitable said the whole thing was a disaster.
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