Philanthropic Phil`an*throp"ic, Philanthropical Phil`an*throp"ic*al, a. [Cf. F. philanthropique.] Of or pertaining to philanthropy; characterized by philanthropy; loving or helping mankind; as, a philanthropic enterprise. -- {Phil`an*throp"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • philanthropic — UK US /ˌfɪlənˈθrɒpɪk/ adjective SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ► giving money to help people who are poor or sick, or to pay for things such as museums or schools that are good for society: »He is known for his philanthropic work for children in Africa.… …   Financial and business terms

  • philanthropic — [fil΄ən thräp′ik] adj. [Fr philanthropique] of, showing, or constituting philanthropy; charitable; benevolent; humane: also philanthropical philanthropically adv. SYN. PHILANTHROPIC implies interest in the general human welfare, esp. as shown in… …   English World dictionary

  • philanthropic — I adjective accommodating, almsgiving, altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, brotherly, charitable, civic minded, considerate, devoted to others, eleemosynary, free, freehanded, generous, giving …   Law dictionary

  • philanthropic — 1789, from Fr. philanthropique (18c.), from Gk. philanthropikos (adj.), from philanthropia (see PHILANTHROPY (Cf. philanthropy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • philanthropic — *charitable, benevolent, humane, humanitarian, eleemosynary, altruistic Analogous words: iiberal, munificent, bountiful, bounteous, open handed, generous: lavish, *profuse, prodigal Antonyms: misanthropic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • philanthropic — [adj] charitable, giving altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, benignant, big hearted, bountiful, contributing, donating, eleemosynary, generous, good, gracious, helpful, humane, humanitarian, kind, kindhearted, liberal, magnanimous, munificent,… …   New thesaurus

  • philanthropic — [[t]fɪ̱lənθrɒ̱pɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A philanthropic person or organization freely gives money or other help to people who need it. Some of the best services for the ageing are sponsored by philanthropic organizations …   English dictionary

  • philanthropic — philanthropically, adv. /fil euhn throp ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, engaged in, or characterized by philanthropy; benevolent: a philanthropic foundation. Also, philanthropical. [1780 90; PHILANTHROP(Y) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • philanthropic — adjective Of or pertaining to philanthropy; characterized by philanthropy; loving or helping mankind; as, a philanthropic enterprise. Syn: generous, philanthropical, charitable, benevolent, humanitarian, bighearted …   Wiktionary

  • philanthropic — adj. Philanthropic is used with these nouns: ↑organization …   Collocations dictionary

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