char·i·ta·ble / ˈcharitəbəl/ • adj. 1. of or relating to the assistance of those in need. ∎ (of an organization or activity) officially recognized as devoted to the assistance of those in need. ∎ generous in giving to those in need.2. apt to judge others leniently or favorably.DERIVATIVES: char·i·ta·ble·ness n.char·i·ta·bly adv.