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adjective kind·ly \ˈkīn(d)-lē\

Simple Definition of kindly

  • : having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kindly

kindlier

kindliest

  1. 1 a obsolete :  natural b archaic :  lawful

  2. 2 :  of an agreeable or beneficial nature :  pleasant <a kindly climate>

  3. 3 :  of a sympathetic or generous nature

Examples of kindly in a sentence

  1. A kindly woman helped him find his way home.

  2. <brought homemade chicken soup out of kindly concern for my health>



Origin and Etymology of kindly

Middle English, from Old English cyndelīc, from cynd


First Known Use: before 12th century


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kindly

adverb kind·ly

Simple Definition of kindly

  • : in a kind way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kindly

  1. 1 a :  in the normal way :  naturally <old wounds which had healed kindlyAmerican Mercury> b :  readily <did not take kindly to suggestions>

  2. 2 a :  in a kind manner :  sympathetically b :  as a gesture of goodwill <would take it kindly if you would put in a good word> c :  in a gracious manner :  courteously <they kindly invited us along> d :  as a matter of courtesy :  please <would you kindly order me a cab>

  3. 3 chiefly Southern :  somewhat, kind of <it's kindly embarrassing — Walter Davis>

Examples of kindly in a sentence

  1. She always treats animals kindly.

  2. They kindly offered to help us.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of kindly

before 12th century



KINDLY Defined for Kids

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kindly

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adjective kind·ly \ˈkīnd-lē\

Definition of kindly for Students

kindlier

kindliest

  1. 1 :  2kind 1

  2. 2 :  pleasant or wholesome in nature <The cool and kindly breath of evening entered through doors and windows. — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>

kindliness

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adverb kind·ly

Definition of kindly for Students

  1. 1 :  in a sympathetic manner <The principal treated him kindly.>

  2. 2 :  in a willing manner <We didn't take kindly to the change in schedule.>

  3. 3 :  in an appreciative manner <I would take it kindly if you could help me.>

  4. 4 :  in an obliging manner <Would you kindly take your seat?>





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