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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Nikki Guevara of Clio, an instrument panel assembler, asked that the public just reflect on the number of lives touched by the auto industry and practice kindness and understanding for hardworking people. Phoebe Wall Howard, USA TODAY, "UAW hourly workers hope for short strike against GM as strike begins," 16 Sep. 2019 Balletic lifts and flowing circular partnering present hope, kindness and support. Laura Bleiberg, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In a breakthrough show, Invertigo Dance takes a delicious bite from a forbidden apple," 15 Sep. 2019 His lively spirit, wisdom, generosity and kindness will live on in all those who were blessed to have known and loved him., "Luigi Gaetani," 12 Sep. 2019 The kindness and amazing care given to Joe will not be forgotten., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/8," 8 Sep. 2019 One brother and one sister and her three loving sons all who will miss her humor, love, kindness and her commitment to family survive her., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/6," 6 Sep. 2019 Above all, Steve showed us the power of kindness and generosity. Martha Sorren,, "13 Reasons Why Dedicated An Episode To Steve Golin & You Absolutely Know His Work," 24 Aug. 2019 Moments of incredible kindness and compassion will just arise, as if from nowhere, in our everyday lives. Bruce Tomaso, Dallas News, "Grit and grace: SMU's Hal Recinos left street life to become poet and professor," 19 Aug. 2019 An act of kindness brings a jilted architect the unwanted friendship of an unbalanced cable-TV installer. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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