Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being kindly.
  • n. A kindly deed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of feeling kindly towards someone or something, or the actions inspired thereby.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Natural inclination; natural course.
  • n. The quality or state of being kindly; benignity; benevolence; gentleness; tenderness.
  • n. Softness; mildness; propitiousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being kindly; inclination to be kind; natural affection; benevolence.
  • n. Synonyms Benignity, humanity, sympathy, kind-heartedness, fellow-feeling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition

Etymologies

kindly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is this attraction which we call kindliness, or love -- a sentiment inseparable from grace and beauty.

    Aesthetical Essays of Frederich Schiller

  • Leacock said that human kindliness is an essential element of humour.

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  • Had he been a little older he would have understood that it was the lad's good qualities which appealed to him — his coolness and self-reliance, his manliness and bravery, and a certain kindliness and sympathy in his nature.

    The Cruise of the "Dazzler"

  • You yourself, Derrick, must have observed a certain kindliness and – and open generosity, with a wistful sound in his voice.

    That Lass o' Lowrie's: A Lancashire Story

  • They insisted that he was flattering the pride so inherent in heresy, that he was lulling the people to sleep in their errors by sewing pillows to their elbows; that it was better to correct them in mercy and justice than to pour on their heads the oil of wheedling, as they called the kindliness of our Saint.

    The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales

  • "Nay," old Ebbits interposed in kindliness, "the white man's is not a lying people.

    The White Man's Way

  • "Nay," old Ebbits interposed in kindliness, "the white man's is not

    The White Man's Way

  • The house, in spite of its slight decrepitude and the clumsiness of its construction -- the stairs were obviously an afterthought of the architect -- had that air of comfortable kindliness which is only to be seen in houses which have been occupied by several generations of human beings.

    The Foolish Lovers

  • Every glimpse we have of him suggests that earnest and almost worried kindliness which is the mark of those to whom selfishness, even justifiable selfishness, is really a thing difficult or impossible.

    Robert Browning

  • From the shabbiest socialist to the most flagrantly painted little artist's model, they drift in thankfully to that atmosphere of gaiety and sympathy and thoughtful kindliness which is, after all, just -- the air of France.

    Greenwich Village

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