from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: synonym: kind.
  • adjective Agreeable; pleasant.
  • adjective Archaic Of or relating to a status derived by legal descent from an ancestor.
  • adjective Obsolete Natural to its kind.
  • adverb Out of kindness.
  • adverb In a kind manner.
  • adverb Pleasantly; agreeably.
  • adverb In an accommodating manner.
  • adverb Obsolete In a way or course that is natural; fittingly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to kind, nature, or origin.
  • Of a suitable nature or quality; fit; proper.
  • Consonant in kind; appropriate; agreeable.
  • Native; pertaining to nativity; indigenous. Sen kindly tenant, below.
  • Naturally inherent; inborn; innate.
  • Of legitimate birth; lawfully begotten.
  • Naturally inclined to good; sympathetic; benevolent: as, a kindly old gentleman; a kindly disposition; also, benignant; gracious.
  • Soft; agreeable; refreshing; favorable; beneficial: as, kindly showers.
  • In a natural or native manner
  • By heart; thoroughly.
  • By nativity; as regards nature or origin.
  • Congenially; readily; spontaneously; with aptitude.
  • In a kind manner; with sympathetic tenderness, consideration, or good will.
  • Lovingly; affectionately; tenderly.
  • Propitiously; auspiciously; favorably.
  • As an act of kindness; as a compliment or favor; good-naturedly: in the phrase to take (something) kindly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Naturally; fitly.
  • adverb In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige.
  • adjective rare According to the kind or nature; natural.
  • adjective Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful
  • adjective Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a kind personality.
  • adverb In a kind manner, out of kindness.
  • adverb in a favourable way.
  • adverb US Please; used to make a polite request.
  • adverb US With kind acceptance; used with take.

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

  • adverb in a kind manner or out of kindness
  • adjective pleasant and agreeable
  • adjective showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity


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  • as in, "She kindly made me mad."

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