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Definition of the noun donation

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noun - plural: donations

  1. a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of donation: contribution
    • more generic word: gift = something acquired without compensation
    • more specific terms:
  2. act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of donation: contribution
    • more generic words: gift / giving = the act of giving
    • more specific words:
      • subscription = a pledged contribution
      • alms = money or goods contributed to the poor

Alternative definition of the noun donation


  1. A voluntary gift or contribution for a specific cause.


  1. donation a.k.a. Gift: A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment. The gifted item should not be owned by the recipient. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many countries, the act of mutually exchanging money, goods, etc. may sustain social relations and contribute to social cohesion. Economists have elaborated the economics of gift-giving into the notion of a gift economy. By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favour, including forgiveness and kindness. Gifts are also first and foremost presented on occasions - birthdays and Christmas being the main examples.
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  2. Donation: A Donation, when referred to in canon law in the Roman Catholic Church, is defined as the gratuitous transfer to another of some right or thing. When it consists in placing in the hands of the donee some movable object it is known as a gift of hand. Properly speaking, however, it is a voluntary contract, verbal or written, by which the donor expressly agrees to give, without consideration, something to the donee, and the latter in an equally express manner accepts the gift. In Roman law and in some modern codes this contract carries with it only the obligation of transferring the ownership of the thing in question; actual ownership is obtained only by the real traditio or handing over of the thing itself, or by the observation of certain juridically prescribed formalities. Such codes distinguish between conventional and perfect donation, i.e. the actual transfer of the thing or right. In some countries the contract itself transfers ownership. A donation is called remunerative when inspired by a sentiment of gratitude for services rendered by the donee.

Phrases with Donation

  1. Egg donation
  2. Organ donation
  3. political donation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Donation

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Google previewA Textbook of In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction (2005)

The Bourn Hall Guide to Clinical and Laboratory Practice by Peter R. Brinsden

Egg donation is a much more complex and intrusive procedure than donor insemination and involves IVF techniques. When both egg and sperm are donated, sometimes referred to as embryo adoption, the child is genetically unrelated to both ...

Google previewInternational Estate Planning (2013)

by Henry Christensen

Lifetime Gifts The donation is a contract under which only the donor has to perform an obligation meaning that there is no consideration. Moreover, the donation is voluntary and therefore not even based on a moral obligation.

Google previewProperty, ownership, and its modifications (2006)

This new provision must have been added unguardedly or peremptorily; a donation is a mode of acquiring ownership, the perfection of which would deny a second inconsistent donation (unless perhaps if the provision contemplates a first ...

Google previewSex Chromosome Disorders—Advances in Research and Treatment: 2013 Edition (2013)


Oocyte donation is an effective infertility treatment for Turner women who have undergone POF. Adequate hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) before IVE is necessary. Only one embryo at a time should be transferred particularly to these ...

Google previewOxford American Handbook of Clinical Medicine (2013)

by John A. Flynn, Michael J. Choi, L. Dwight Wooster

Living unrelated donation is an option that is becoming commonplace. Deceased donor allografts are obtained from a brainstem-dead donor and should ideally be transplanted within 24–36 h. Grafts are inserted into an iliac fossa.

Google previewThe Matchmaker (2014)

He's Not Matching Warm Bodies. Just Warm Body Parts. by Moira Henderson

Black market organ donation is a violation of human rights, even if the donor sells an organ in desperation to pay debts. There are no ethics involved and no standards of care.

Google previewResponsibilities of Health Authorities in the Field of Blood Transfusion (1989)

Recommendation No. R (88) 4 Adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 7 March 1988 and Explanatory Memorandum

Article 14 Blood donation is an act of human solidarity. Moreover, donors voluntarily submit themselves to a procedure which may carry a risk. It is evident that, in view of the voluntary nature of this act, to which they submit themselves ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research (2015)

by Eric E. Bouhassira

Egg donation is a process where a woman undergoes oocyte retrieval from the ovaries for the purpose of assisted reproduction or biomedical research. The first use of donor eggs from a human donor occurred in Australia in 1983. The use of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of AIDS (2003)

by G.C. Satpathy

Donation Campaigns All zidovudine being used in this programme comes from public donations. The donation campaign is under the direct liability of the public relation and fundraising committees of the Thai Red Cross. These committees ...

Google previewPhilippine Law Dictionary

DOMINION DONATION INTER VIVOS firearm is a relative term, not susceptible of exact definition, and opinions on the degree and character of dominion sufficient to constitute a violation vary. The rule is that temporary, incidental, casual or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Barbarian Europe (2003)

Society in Transformation by Michael Frassetto

The opening section of the false Donation outlines the events associated with Constantine's conversion in the early fourth century. This section of the forgery,which clearly borrows from the legend of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Death and Dying (2003)

by Glennys Howarth, Oliver Leaman

Organ donation describes the act of permitting parts of one's body to be removed for transplantation into another body. Transplants are generally perceived to be life-saving; organ donation is therefore termed the gift of life (see transplants).

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Blood Donation on Installation Day

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Quotes about Donation

We all know how powerful the web can be for raising political money. Well, if you're game, the Duke Cunningham Legal Defense Fund is apparently ready to accept your donation. (Joshua Micah Marshall)
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Scrabble value of D2O1N1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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