Char"i*ta*ble (?), a.[F. See Charity.]

1.

Full of love and good will; benevolent; kind.

Be thy intents wicked or charitable, . . . . . . I will speak to thee. Shak.

2.

Liberal in judging of others; disposed to look on the best side, and to avoid harsh judgment.

3.

Liberal in benefactions to the poor; giving freely; generous; beneficent.

What charitable men afford to beggars. Shak.

4.

Of or pertaining to charity; springing from, or intended for, charity; relating to almsgiving; elemosynary; as, a charitable institution.

5.

Dictated by kindness; favorable; lenient.

By a charitable construction it may be a sermon. L. Andrews.

Syn. -- Kind; beneficent; benevolent; generous; lenient; forgiving; helpful; liberal; favorable; indulgent.

 

© Webster 1913.

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