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  1. having or showing sympathy or kindness: a kindhearted woman.
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Origin of kindhearted

First recorded in 1525–35; kind1 + hearted
Related formskind·heart·ed·ly, adverbkind·heart·ed·ness, nounun·kind·heart·ed, adjective

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Related Words for kind-hearted

altruistic, amiable, amicable, considerate, generous, good, good-natured, gracious, helpful, humane, kind, merciful, responsive, sympathetic, tender, warm, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, warm-hearted

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British Dictionary definitions for kind-hearted


  1. characterized by kindness; sympathetic
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Derived Formskind-heartedly, adverbkind-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kind-hearted


also kindhearted, 1530s; see kind (adj.) + hearted. Related: Kindheartedly, kindheartedness.

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