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"charitable" in British English

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charitableadjective

uk   /ˈtʃær.ɪ.tə.bl̩/  us   /ˈtʃer.ɪ.t̬ə-/
  • charitable adjective (GIVING)

[before noun] giving ​money, ​food, or ​helpfree to those who are in need because they are ​ill, ​poor, or have no ​home: a charitable foundation/​organization/​trust The ​entireorganization 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.
(Definition of charitable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"charitable" in American English

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charitableadjective

 us   /ˈtʃær·ɪ·t̬ə·bəl/
kind and not ​judgingpeople in a ​negative way: They are ​known as a charitable ​people.
of or ​relating to a ​person or ​organization that gives ​money, ​food, or other ​help to those who need it: She was ​involved in many charitable ​organizations.
charitably
adverb  us   /ˈtʃær·ɪ·t̬ə·bli/
The ​disagreement was ​described charitably as a “​frankdiscussion.”
(Definition of charitable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"charitable" in Business English

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charitableadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈtʃærɪtəbl/
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY connected with a charity or ​charities: charitable foundation/organization The firm's family ​owners decided to ​create a charitable ​foundation. The entire ​organization is ​funded by charitable ​donations. The ​organization has been ​granted charitable ​status.
(Definition of charitable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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