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

  • adj. Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: a kindly interest; a gentle, kindly soul. See Synonyms at kind1.
  • adj. Agreeable; pleasant: a kindly breeze.
  • adj. Archaic Within the law; lawful.
  • adj. Obsolete Natural to its kind.
  • adv. Out of kindness: She kindly overlooked their mistake.
  • adv. In a kind manner: He spoke kindly to us.
  • adv. Pleasantly; agreeably: The sun shone kindly.
  • adv. In an accommodating manner: Would you kindly fill in your name and address?
  • adv. Obsolete In a way or course that is natural; fittingly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adv. in a kind manner or out of kindness
  • adj. pleasant and agreeable
  • adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity


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  • as in, "She kindly made me mad."

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