kind·​ness | \ ˈkīn(d)-nəs \

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

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Examples of kindness in a Sentence

We thanked her for her many kindnesses. You would be doing me a great kindness if you agreed to help.

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And like physical exercise, kindness is apparently great for your overall health. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "How Random Acts of Kindness Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing," 1 Aug. 2018 One of your articles says that kindness is no longer a trend. Lauren Sharkey, The Cut, "Fashion Psychology Now Has Its Own Magazine," 11 May 2018 The team’s players devote their personal strength and powerful presence toward showing kindness and generosity to kids and families in need throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Los Angeles Chargers Making An Impact in L.A. – Both On and Off the Field," 9 May 2018 The correspondent contrasted her kindness to Prince William and Kate Middleton's behavior. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Duchess Camilla Is the Press's Favorite Royal," 7 Nov. 2018 So, so grateful to everyone here for their kindness and enthusiasm. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "He’s the new KU athletic director. She’s his daughter, and a Missouri Tiger," 12 July 2018 On the other hand his wife, Jane, was a beacon in the Rosendale community and beloved by all for her kindness and pure spirit. NBC News, "Behind the misleading claims fueling America's bourbon boom," 9 June 2018 Hendershott is remembered for his kindness and his talent., "Remembering Jon Hendershott; the latest on Mt. SAC's stadium; Oregon track & field rundown," 12 Apr. 2018 So show some kindness and these guests will be eternally grateful— and express that in respect for your home, rave reviews, and even return visits. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Want to make your listing attractive to out-of-town guests? Allow dogs," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of kindness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of kindness

: the quality or state of being kind

: a kind act


kind·​ness | \ ˈkīnd-nəs \

Kids Definition of kindness

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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