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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First Known Use of kindness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of kindness was in the 14th century

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15 Sep 2021

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“Kindness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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