kind·​ness | \ ˈkīn(d)-nəs How to pronounce kindness (audio) \

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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But so much of domestic work functions outside of the legal system, often leaving the financial situations of already vulnerable women entirely dependent on their employers’ ideas of fairness and capacities for kindness. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "Domestic Workers Like My Mom Deserve Protection and Security," 26 Mar. 2019 Your magickal intentions define your spirit, so always fuel your curiosities with love and kindness. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Casting Your Own Spells at Home," 26 Mar. 2018 When looking for a mate, there are a lot of things to consider: looks, sense of humor, kindness. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Sapiosexuality?," 12 Oct. 2018 What's important is the process of love and kindness. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 10 Oct. 2018 Below, a few of our favorite quotes from the People's Princess on life, love, and kindness. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "12 Princess Diana Quotes That Remind Us Why She Was the People's Princess," 31 Aug. 2018 But, because her soul is full of love and kindness, any demonstration of affection by anyone is rewarded with her trust. Peggy Calhoun, idahostatesman, "Meridian Pet of the Week: Mia," 2 July 2018 What came through in her work was the idea of life as an adventure worth sharing, and a belief that love and kindness helped ease the journey. John Wilkens,, "Jane Clifford Mickler, longtime Union-Tribune editor, columnist, dies at 69 from cancer," 18 June 2018 The outpouring of love & kindness this past week has been incredible. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Mark Steines Breaks Social Media Silence Following Hallmark Channel Firing," 8 June 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 How to pronounce kindness (audio) \

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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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