Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Generous in giving money or other help to the needy.
  • adj. Mild or tolerant in judging others; lenient.
  • adj. Of, for, or concerned with charity: a charitable organization. See Synonyms at benevolent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to charity.
  • adj. Kind, generous.
  • adj. Having a purpose or character of a charity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of love and good will; benevolent; kind.
  • adj. Liberal in judging of others; disposed to look on the best side, and to avoid harsh judgment.
  • adj. Liberal in benefactions to the poor; giving freely; generous; beneficent.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to charity; springing from, or intended for, charity; relating to almsgiving; eleemosynary.
  • adj. Dictated by kindness; favorable; lenient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characterized by charity. Disposed to exhibit charity; disposed to supply the wants of others; benevolent and kind; beneficent.
  • Pertaining to almsgiving or relief of the poor; springing from charity, or intended for charity: as, a charitable enterprise; a charitable institution.
  • Lenient in judging of others; not harsh; favorable: as, a charitable judgment of one's conduct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of love and generosity
  • adj. relating to or characterized by charity
  • adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

Etymologies

charity +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Actually, the definition's more restricted than that. A "charitable word" remains a word if any one of its letters is deleted (seat: sea, sat, set, eat).
    (See David Grambs, 1985, Literary Companion Dictionary: Words about Words, p. 84.)

    May 23, 2008

  • In wordplay, to delete any letter to form other words: e.g., coops--> oops & cops & cops & coos & coop.

    --Chris Cole, Wordplay

    May 23, 2008

  • When engaged in an argument or debate, it is important to remember to be charitable towards the other side.

    Donald Davidson said, "We make maximum sense of the words and thoughts of others when we interpret in a way that optimises agreement."

    March 15, 2007