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kindly

[kahynd-lee] /ˈkaɪnd li/
adjective, kindlier, kindliest.
1.
having, showing, or proceeding from a benevolent disposition or spirit; kindhearted:
kindly people.
2.
gentle or mild, as rule or laws.
3.
pleasant, agreeable, or benign:
kindly climate.
4.
favorable, as soil for crops.
adverb
5.
in a kind manner; with sympathetic or helpful kindness.
6.
cordially or heartily:
We thank you kindly.
7.
obligingly; please:
Would you kindly close the door?
8.
with liking; favorably:
to take kindly to an idea.
Origin of kindly
900
before 900; Middle English kyndly (adj. and adv.), Old English gecyndelīc natural, gecyndelīce naturally; see kind1, -ly
Synonyms
1. See kind1 .
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  • "I shall not call upon you to do that," said the lawyer, kindly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Bates was a stout sailor, rough in appearance, but with a warm and kindly heart.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Every one we came in contact with, both high and low, treated us most kindly.

  • It was the gray-headed man with the glasses and the kindly look about the eyes.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He has kindly furnished us with an excuse for being so long together, said she.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for kindly

kindly

/ˈkaɪndlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
having a sympathetic or warm-hearted nature
2.
motivated by warm and sympathetic feelings: a kindly act
3.
pleasant, mild, or agreeable: a kindly climate
4.
(archaic) natural; normal
adverb
5.
in a considerate or humane way
6.
with tolerance or forbearance: he kindly forgave my rudeness
7.
cordially; pleasantly: he greeted us kindly
8.
please (often used to express impatience or formality): will you kindly behave yourself!
9.
(archaic) in accordance with nature; appropriately
10.
not take kindly to, to react unfavourably towards
Derived Forms
kindliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kindly
adj.

early 14c., from Old English gecyndelic "natural, innate; suitable, lawful;" see kind (adj.) + -ly (1). Related: Kindliness. The adverb meaning "with kind feelings" is from Old English gecyndelice, with -ly (2).

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