kindness

noun kind·ness \ ˈkīn(d)-nəs \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of kindness

1 : the quality or state of being kind
  • treating people with kindness and respect
2 : a kind deed : favor
  • They did me a great kindness.
3 archaic : affection

Examples of kindness in a Sentence

  1. We thanked her for her many kindnesses.

  2. You would be doing me a great kindness if you agreed to help.

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First Known Use of kindness

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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KINDNESS Defined for English Language Learners

kindness

Definition of kindness for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being kind

  • : a kind act


KINDNESS Defined for Kids

kindness

noun kind·ness \ ˈkīnd-nəs \

Definition of kindness for Students

1 : the quality or state of being gentle and considerate
  • She helped them out of kindness.
2 : a kind deed : favor You'd be doing me a great kindness by staying.


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