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Meaning of KINDLY

Pronunciation:  'kIndlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  in a kind manner or out of kindness; "He spoke kindly to the boy"; "she kindly overlooked the mistake"
  2. [adj]  generously responsive; "good-hearted but inept efforts to help"; "take a kindly interest"; "a kindly gentleman"; "an openhearted gift to charity"
  3. [adj]  pleasant and agreeable; "a kindly climate"; "kindly breeze"
  4. [adj]  showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"

KINDLY is a 6 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: benevolent, benign, benignant, charitable, good, good-hearted, kind, openhearted, sympathetic
 Antonyms: unkindly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Kind"ly\, a. [Compar. {Kindlier}; superl. {Kindliest}.]
    [AS. cyndelic. See {Kind}, n. ]
    1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.]
             The kindly fruits of the earth.       --Book of Com.
             An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting.
             Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly
             for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men.
                                                   --L. Andrews.
    2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good
       to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly
       affections, words, acts, etc.
             The shade by which my life was crossed, . . . Has
             made me kindly with my kind.          --Tennyson.
    3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.
             In soft silence shed the kindly shower. --Pope.
             Should e'er a kindlier time ensue.    --Wordsworth.
    Note: ``Nothing ethical was connoted in kindly once: it was
          simply the adjective of kind. But it is God's ordinance
          that kind should be kindly, in our modern sense of the
          word as well; and thus the word has attained this
          meaning.'' --Trench.
  2. \Kind"ly\, adv.
    1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix
             and incorporate with the English language --Addison.
    2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a
       disposition to make others happy, or to oblige.
             Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly
             love.                                 --Rom. xii.
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