Pronunciation: (char'i-tu-bul), [key]
1. generous in donations or gifts to relieve the needs of indigent, ill, or helpless persons, or of animals: a charitable man giving much money to feed the poor.
2. kindly or lenient in judging people, acts, etc.: charitable in his opinions of others.
3. pertaining to or concerned with charity: a charitable institution.
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