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kindly

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adjective kind·ly \ ˈkīn(d)-lē \

Definition of kindly

kindlier; kindliest
1 :of a sympathetic or generous nature
2 :of an agreeable or beneficial nature :pleasant
  • a kindly climate
3 a obsolete :natural
b archaic :lawful

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

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Origin and Etymology of kindly

Middle English, from Old English cyndelīc, from cynd


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kindly

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Definition of kindly

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

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First Known Use of kindly

before 12th century



KINDLY Defined for English Language Learners

kindly

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adjective

Definition of kindly for English Language Learners

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


kindly

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Definition of kindly for English Language Learners

  • : in a kind way


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 :2kind 1
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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kindly

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Definition of kindly for Students

1 :in a sympathetic manner
  • The principal treated him kindly.
2 :in a willing manner
  • We didn't take kindly to the change in schedule.
3 :in an appreciative manner
  • I would take it kindly if you could help me.
4 :in an obliging manner Would you kindly take your seat?


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