- having, showing, or proceeding from a benevolent disposition or spirit; kindhearted: kindly people.
- gentle or mild, as rule or laws.
- pleasant, agreeable, or benign: kindly climate.
- favorable, as soil for crops.
Origin of kindly
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1. See kind1.
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Examples from the Web for kindly
We kindly inform these little jokers with the dubious jokes that they risk judicial proceedings they may not find funny at all.French Freak-Out Over Creepy Clowns
October 31, 2014
But Bone, when we routed him out, could not promise us any more accommodation than he had so kindly given us the first night.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
John kindly offered to take Hice to see that the “gay plot” has nothing to do with “recruiting” children, but with equal rights.Meet the Man Running for Congress on an Anti-Muslim Platform
July 24, 2014
That search—which he kindly led me through in order to “let me in on the Newsball process”—took an unusually long time.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Louie comes home to his apartment, where Pamela is kindly looking after his daughters.Louie Attempts Rape (and Explores the ‘Nice Guy’ Phenomenon)
June 3, 2014
"I shall not call upon you to do that," said the lawyer, kindly.
Bates was a stout sailor, rough in appearance, but with a warm and kindly heart.
Every one we came in contact with, both high and low, treated us most kindly.Explorations in Australia
It was the gray-headed man with the glasses and the kindly look about the eyes.Way of the Lawless
He has kindly furnished us with an excuse for being so long together, said she.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- having a sympathetic or warm-hearted nature
- motivated by warm and sympathetic feelingsa kindly act
- pleasant, mild, or agreeablea kindly climate
- archaic natural; normal
- in a considerate or humane way
- with tolerance or forbearancehe kindly forgave my rudeness
- cordially; pleasantlyhe greeted us kindly
- please (often used to express impatience or formality)will you kindly behave yourself!
- archaic in accordance with nature; appropriately
- not take kindly to to react unfavourably towards
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Word Origin and History for kindly
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Idioms and Phrases with kindly
see take kindly to.
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